When you’re running your own business, it can be hard to make time for your health. After all, the world of business doesn’t wait for anyone, especially now that so much takes place online. You’re always working, whether it’s coming up with the best logo for your business or emailing back customers with queries. And lately, it’s been taking a toll on your health. You don’t seem to have the time to go to the gym, and because you’re always on the go, you don’t have time for a healthy breakfast in the morning. And while skipping out on healthy habits is okay every once in a while, you’re doing it too much now.
However, getting back on track is easier than it seems. It’s all about finding small, creative ways to change up what you’re doing without taking too much time away from your business. Here’s how to get started, no matter how busy you are.
Get off of social media
Social media may not seem like a health danger at first, but the fact is, it is. And you don’t need to be addicted to Facebook or Instagram, either, for it to be damaging. The fact is, staring at any screen before going to bed makes it harder for you to fall asleep, and one of the most important things for your health exactly that: getting some sleep. Additionally, spending time on social media takes time away from other activities. And if you’re the kind of person who starts scrolling through Facebook and somehow ends up years in the past, with half an hour gone by, those are 30 minutes you could’ve spent on the treadmill.
Social media is also detrimental to your emotional health. By seeking others’ validation with our posts, we’re giving ourselves false gratification, which only lasts so long. This is why, in the UK alone, people were spending over two hours a day on their phones in March 2017. Even if you aren’t addicted, it’s easy for your mood to drop if you aren’t getting enough likes on a new picture or post. So get a social media detox if you need one, or put your phone on airplane mode when you can.
Work exercise into your schedule
Exercise is often the first thing we forget about whenever we’re busy. And it makes sense why: waking up early, when you want more valuable sleep, is something everyone relates to. And for someone running a business, the time it takes to drive to the gym, take a class, and shower after is too much time. Even though the average American aged 18 to 65 spends $155 a month on health and fitness, you know that lots of people, just like you, aren’t getting the exercise they should be.
That’s why you need to get creative. Download an app on your phone that allows you to do exercises with simple weights and resistance bands at home, and go for a quick run or walk during your lunch breaks. You can even hire a remote digital trainer if you need some guidance. If you’re always traveling for business, think about using ClassPass, a program that has classes from boxing to yoga that you can take in cities all over the US.
But most importantly: put the time in your work calendar. In the same way that you’d schedule important meetings with clients, this is a meeting with yourself that you can’t afford to miss.
Plan healthy eating in advance
Speaking of scheduling, another strategy for staying healthy is planning your meals in advance. It might seem like a headache at first, but with apps out there like FoodPlanner and Paprika, the task is easier than you could imagine. The best thing about planning ahead is that you can make huge meals in bulk in advance, storing some of the leftovers in the office freezer. And don’t forget to keep protein bars in your desk, in case you’re so busy you forget to eat breakfast in the morning.
40 percent of Americans were obese in 2016, and it just goes to show what a challenge it is to stay healthy with the huge portions at restaurants and lack of information about dieting in our country. So it’s important to do what you can stay on track of your eating.
By following these strategies, you can stay healthy even when you have little time to sacrifice. What other ways do you stay healthy when you’re busy with work?