We’ve seen the rise of health-tracking devices such as skin sensors and wearable hydration systems. While they are impressive, busybodies may not find them to be equally as useful. However, there are many ways to stay in shape when you’re constantly on the move. Try out these health tips for workaholics to keep your mind and body sharp!
When it comes to food, pack your snacks. Nothing is more of a time-saver than having meals right at your desk. You may even have room to multi-task. While meal planning seems something of a hassle, making it a habit eases the stress of having to think too hard. To make things even simpler, stick to three-ingredient meals that can be easily stored for at least a few days. Anyway, leftovers — whether you agree or not — can taste absolutely delicious!
If you’re looking to get toned or want to maintain your physical health, exercise in intervals. YouTube hosts an abundance of 15 to 20-minute workouts that can easily be achieved in your home or office. (Now, if only we could get our colleagues to refrain from having a laugh…) Quick, high-intensity exercises are sometimes more effective than prolonged routines. And let’s be honest — morning routines? Not happening.
Being constantly occupied, it’s easy to forget that our bodies actually need a substantial amount of water. When the going gets tough, don’t stress — hydrate! Don’t underestimate how energizing eight glasses of water a day can be. And on that note, don’t forget to shower. A fresh bath is more refreshing than we give it credit for.
For the extra-skittish, meditate. There are no skills required — just an ounce of patience and a dash of focus. Spending 10 minutes breathing may seem futile (and for the hyperactive, boring), but you’ll be surprised how de-stressing it is.
While it may seem impossible, shut off technology at least an hour before bedtime. I won’t lie, I tend to struggle with this in particular, but find that I fall asleep faster when I’m not watching videos of baby goats. The temptation to constantly refresh notifications may be a lingering one, but there’s nothing a little willpower can’t handle. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Though some workaholics are notorious for being scatter-brained, being organized is a valuable skill to have. Set daily, weekly, or monthly goals. Use a journal or go virtual. A calendar always helps. If you miss a goal, don’t beat yourself up — adjust! Find out what you couldn’t handle and make the appropriate changes. Being neat is also vital, as you don’t want to worry about where you may have misplaced your car keys. Set schedules, but leave room for spontaneity on weekends. You want your life to be systematic, not boring!
Most importantly, while spending your free time being productive is great, take a break. Whether you’re treating yourself to a simple long-weekend getaway or a full-on vacation, set aside time to wind down. After all, if anyone knows what it feels like to fall victim to routine, it’s definitely me.