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Being a woman is hard work. It’s even harder when you’re trying to juggle a career and a family, which is probably why women tend to neglect their own health more than men do. But while it may be tempting to let yourself go when life gets busy, the truth is that taking care of yourself will help you live longer and happier as well as be able to take on all those other responsibilities. So if you want tips on how to stay healthy while working full-time? Here are seven I can’t recommend enough:
1. Eat clean
This is the most important tip of all, and it’s not just about what you eat—it’s also about how much you eat. The best way to stay fit is to follow a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. These foods will keep your body energized without weighing you down (or taking away from your productivity).
2. Have Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s not just because “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Nutritionists will tell you that breakfast gives you energy for your morning, prevents overeating later in the day, and helps prevent weight gain. The best thing to eat? Eggs! They’re loaded with protein and other nutrients that will get you through your workout on time. To prepare eggs:
- Crack an egg in a bowl or cup (if you’re going to be cooking them in a pan)
- Put a small amount of butter or oil on its surface (this helps prevent sticking)
- Stir until it becomes fluffy
- If desired, add salt or pepper
3. Focus on fruits and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are low in calories, but high in nutrients. They can be a great way to fill up on fiber, vitamins and minerals, while also helping you stay full longer. Fruits and vegetables may even help you lose weight. Some studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables can help people feel full faster than other foods, so they don’t eat as much at their next mealtime or snack time.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals—cellular damage that has been linked to aging and cancer risk—so they’re good for your health too! And they contain lots of vitamins C & E (which protect against heart disease), folate (which helps prevent birth defects) as well as potassium (which lowers blood pressure).
4. Drink lots of water
This is a no-brainer, but it’s also one of the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy while working out. Water flushes out toxins, keeps your skin and hair looking great, helps you stay hydrated during your workout and allows you to move freely during exercise.
5. Get enough sleep
Sleep is when your body can repair itself, focus, and process information. It is a time when you can have dreams and create new memories. Sleep helps with mood, stress relief, and has been linked to many other benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of diabetes or heart disease.
6. Workout in the morning
If you’re a morning person and have the time, there are many benefits to working out in the morning. Not only does it help you start your day off on a positive note by getting you energized, but it also allows for better post-workout recovery because your body hasn’t had time to exhaust itself and become fatigued yet. People who work out in the morning typically report feeling better throughout their days—they’re happier, more alert and ready for new challenges throughout their workday. If possible, try adding an exercise routine into your morning routine so that when you’re done with work (or school), there’s something else waiting for you!
If it’s not feasible for everyone to wake up early every day just to workout before heading off into their normal day of doing whatever they do all day long (and who could blame them?), here are some exercises that don’t require any equipment at all:
- Jumping jacks: This will get those blood vessels flowing right away! Just stand with feet together while raising arms above head level then bend knees while moving arms down towards thighs until they’re parallel with ground; repeat jumping up again after each repetition
- Push ups: These are great because they target multiple muscle groups in one go! To perform one properly first place hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart then lower chest until it touches ground; push back up again by extending arms fully straightened behind body until reaching original starting position
7. Exercise with your friends
Working out with friends can be a great way to motivate each other and share tips and tricks, but it’s also a great way to share the burden of exercise. As much as you may want to get up and go for your 6 A.M. 5K run, it can definitely feel like more fun when you can do it with someone else—especially if you’re worried that you won’t last the whole hour without taking a break!
It’s easy to get caught up in feeling like everything needs to be perfect all the time, but working out with friends is one area where I think imperfection is totally okay (and even beneficial). If your friend gets tired or needs a break halfway through the workout, just take one yourself instead of forcing yourself through an uncomfortable situation. Then later on at lunchtime or after work when everyone has more energy than they did earlier in the day, go for another run or hit up that class together!
The tips that we have discussed here can help you stay healthy and energized at work. Remember to listen to your body, avoid burnout and take the time to relax. Maintaining a good balance is key when it comes to staying fit while working long hours.
Alex is a fitness aficionado, empowers others towards healthier, active lives through small, sustainable changes for lasting results. Visit Gearuptofit.com for insightful tips and resources to enrich a balanced lifestyle.