Life never stops. As a college student taking a full load of classes and working multiple jobs, I’m always on the go. Even if you think you’re too busy to stay healthy throughout the day, there are definitely ways to prioritize your health and fitness while you’re running from thing to thing.
HERE ARE SIX WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY ON THE GO:
1. PREPARE FOR CRAVINGS AND MISSED MEALS
We all have days when we’re too busy to eat or when the mid-afternoon sugar cravings hit hard. If you’re prepared ahead of time for those to hit, you won’t be thrown off when they do. Know that you’re going to crave sugar during that afternoon energy dip? Keep super dark chocolate (70% or more) around for a little bit of a reprieve that won’t hurt your waistline. If you know that your schedule might make it so that you miss a meal, stock up on protein powder or protein bars so that your body will still get the fuel it needs.
2. MAKE YOUR WATER BOTTLE YOUR BEST FRIEND
I start to panic anytime I look around and I can’t see my water bottle (kidding…sort of…). Keep your water bottle full, and keep it on you constantly. You’ll be warding off the urge to grab a sugary drink that’s terrible for you, and you’ll be more inclined to hydrate your body like it needs.
3. WALK WHEN YOU CAN
On a phone call? Get up and walk. Choice between elevator and stairs? Take the stairs. Thinking about driving across campus? Walk instead. Make little swaps throughout the day so that you get steps in and are moving.
4. LOAD UP ON FRUITS, VEGGIES, AND LEAN PROTEIN
Sometimes when we’re busy, meals can be hard to keep healthy and track. To make it easier on yourself, load up as much as possible with vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. Starting off with the staples will improve the overall health content of your meal and fill you up before you can reach for the junk food.
5. UTILIZE WHATEVER WORKOUT TIME YOU HAVE
If you’re like me and like to get up early to get a long workout in before the day begins, great! If not, never fear. Use the time you have. If you only have 30 minutes, try some HIIT (high intensity interval training), and if you only have 10 minutes, try AMRAP (as many reps as possible) with basic exercises to get a great workout in a short period of time.
6. STASH ESSENTIALS IN YOUR BAG
Know that you get migraines frequently? Keep essential oils or some migraine meds in your bag. Have knee problems that might keep you from walking when you should? Throw your brace into your bag as well. If there’s anything that will improve your health throughout the day, keep it in your bag!