Wouldn’t wellness living be so much easier if you didn’t have to also deal with running errands, commuting, sticking to deadlines, working, taking care of yourself and your family, and all your other daily responsibilities? Of course it would be! But let’s be honest, ditching all your responsibilities isn’t going to happen anytime soon. That doesn’t mean there’s no hope for wellness living on a busy schedule though. You just need to implement some simple, on-the-go wellness tips that have your health in mind. Check out my personal favorites:
- Drink Plenty of H20. I know you’ve heard this a million and one times (now a million and two), but drinking plenty of water is a must for your health and wellness. There really is no excuse for not drinking water regularly (if you’re reading this you likely don’t lack access to fresh water). Carry a bottle with you in your purse/bag, drink water at work, and order water at restaurants when you eat out (even if you order another drink too). If the taste is holding you back, order water with a side of lime, lemon, or cucumber for some added flavor (fruits are delicious with gas water) or just make yourself drink it anyway (practice some tough love and all).
- Carry Healthy Snacks. We all know skipping meals lowers our metabolism, increases the amount of food we eat at our next meal, and typically makes us eat the first and easiest thing we can find (enter vending machines, drive-thrus, and convenience store junk food). Plus, if you’re anything like me, hunger also makes you cranky, easily annoyed, and unable to think clearly (hence eating a king size chocolate bar in one sitting seems totally reasonable). This is why it’s essential to keep healthy snacks in your purse/bag, at the office, and in your car. They come in handy when you don’t have time for a real lunch, are running errands all day, or get stuck in traffic. My favorite, on-the-go snacks include raw nuts, fruits (apples, bananas, oranges), tuna packs, almond butter packs, and protein bars (check the labels for nasty ingredients if you don’t make your own).
- Do Quickie Exercises. Even if you enjoy regular workouts, some days you just don’t have the time or energy to fit one in and that’s totally normal. I recently discovered the QuickieChick and her workouts are perfect for busy, on-the-go lifestyles. All her exercises are only a few minutes long and many of them are designed to do in bed (yes, you read that right!). If that’s not your thing, do simple exercises at your work desk. We all know movement is a major part of wellness, so fit something into your day.
- Choose Healthy Options at Restaurants. Whether you love eating out or not, there are some days where you just have to do it. While some restaurants offer healthier options than others, always remember to stick to low fat proteins, eat plenty of veggies (ask for them without butter), ditch any sauces (except olive oil with a squeeze of lime), and avoid anything fried (I know it’s obvious, but sometimes the smell of french fries makes them extra tempting). While it can be easy to indulge while eating out, remember how crappy it always makes you feel and order wisely.
- Use the Power of Your Breath. This is BY FAR the simplest, on-the-go wellness tip that takes less than 5-10 seconds and you can do anywhere! All you have to do is focus on your breath and take one full deep inhale and one full deep exhale. Just like that you are practicing a mini-meditation that will give your mind and body a quick (and much needed) break. Of course, if you have more time, do this for a full minute or two. Becoming aware of your breath (and subsequently connecting to yourself) can become part of your daily routine (every hour, every time you go to the bathroom, or every time you get into your car) or something you do when you’re feeling stressed. This practice will make a world of difference in your life and it’s just too easy to not start doing now – seriously, start now!
What are some ways you bring health and wellness into your on-the-go lifestyle? Share with the Intent community in the comments below!