You work hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy. When on the go, you need some tricks up your sleeve to keep illness at bay. Thankfully, we’ve compiled 5 ways to stay healthy while working to get you through the busiest weeks.
1. Don’t Sleep In
Sleep is absolutely crucial to your health, but keeping sleep habits positive can be difficult - especially when working long hours or overnight. It may be tempting to sleep in on days off, but research shows that the best way to improve your sleep is to wake up at the same time every day. Resist pressing the snooze button on days off, and you will feel better at work and and in your free time, as well.
2. Sneak In Exercise
You may be too tired to hit the gym after a long shift, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your exercise in. Take the stairs instead of the elevator; park further away than necessary; go on a walk during your lunch break. A dedicated workout schedule isn’t necessary to be active. Thankfully, many health careers require you to stay on your feet. If your job already requires you to be active, consider adding in some strength training during a break.
3. Make Time For Breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t have enough time in the morning (or whenever your day starts) to sit down to a meal, consider having breakfast food that is ready to go - fruit, yogurt, and cereal bars. Or make overnight oatmeal by combining oats with your favorite yogurt and toppings before you go to bed. This convenient and healthy breakfast is delicious straight out of the refrigerator or even warmed in the microwave.
4. Take Your Lunch
Don’t give into the temptation to buy lunch out. What you gain in convenience, you’ll give up with a starving budget and a bulging waist line. Instead, make lunch ahead of time (or at least the night before) so that making the best choice is as easy as grabbing lunch from the refrigerator on the way out the door.
5. Plan Fast Dinners
The last thing you want to do after a long day is make dinner but takeout is expensive, bad for you, and not nearly as good as what you can make at home. Plan meals ahead of time or even make freezer meals to last the entire month. Not a big planner? Consider investing in a digital pressure cooker to cook complete meals in less time than it takes the delivery driver to show up. Your body will thank you.
Maintaining your health doesn’t have to be difficult. If you follow these 5 ways to stay healthy while working, you’ll be well on your way to having more energy on the job and on your days off.