Exercising and eating healthy: We all want to do better in these areas, but it can be tough to find time in our busy lives to figure out what fitness routines and foods will promote our health. Between work and family responsibilities, and all the activities we commit ourselves to, there’s a lot of running around — but not always a lot of actual calorie-burning, muscle-strengthening, and cardio improvement. And along the way, we tend to eat a lot of food that might not be so good for us.
With that in mind, we’d like to offer some hacks that can help you find a way to fit more exercise and healthy eating into your daily routine without increasing stress.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re spending a significant part of your day getting to and from work — time that we could be using to boost our health. If you drive to work, park a couple of blocks away and walk the last stretch to the office. Choose different parking lots so you change up your view every now and then. For those on commuter trains, park at the far end of the parking lot and get some extra walking in.
Not driving? There are still ways to fit more activity into the commute. Consider whether it’s practical and safe to bike to work on sunny days. And if you’re on public transportation, opt to stand rather than sit, and find a way to squeeze in some simple arm and leg exercises, like calf raises, shoulder stretches, and glute squeezes.
Once at work, there are numerous ways to ensure that you don’t spend the next eight hours planted in your seat. We all know it’s important to drink enough water. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and fill it only a third of the way. This way, you guarantee that you’ll need to be taking that stroll to the water fountain a few times daily. Once you get enough water in your body, and you find yourself in need of a bathroom break, walk to a washroom that’s furthest away. Bonus points if you take the stairs.
In addition to staying hydrated, it’s important to make sure your body is getting the energy and nutrients it needs. But how do you eat well when you’re always on the run? Avocados can help! On its own, and without any extras, the green fruit is portable and makes for an ideal snack (remember: a serving of avocado is equivalent to 1/3 of the fruit). But it doesn’t take much to turn the avocado into the centerpiece of an easy-tomake and nutritious and delicious meal that you can enjoy even when you’re in a rush. Avocados offer 11% of your daily recommended fiber (which means you’ll stay fuller for a longer period of time, avoiding snacks) and contain no sugar or sodium. When paired with whole grains, as in this brown rice with avocado bowl, you’ve got a supercharged lunch that will keep you going strong throughout your busy day. Find more enticing recipes featuring avocado in our recipe section.