Make Time for Your Health

When life gets busy, it’s easy to put good habits — like getting well-balanced meals on the table and getting to the gym — on the back burner. Here are six tips to help you make time for your health.

Plan ahead.

Planning your meals for the week is a great way to stay healthy. Start setting aside some time on Sunday (or the day that works best for you) to prepare your meals. The more organized you are, the easier it will become.

Schedule your fitness.

You schedule doctors’ appointments, dates with friends and meetings. Mark exercise on your calendar or set an alarm on your phone so you’ll make it priority. It doesn’t take much to get moving; the key is to elevate your heart rate. Whatever you do, don’t skip your fitness time!

Create a healthy eating pattern.

When you skip meals, you miss important nutrients that your body needs. No matter how busy you are, aim for healthy meals that limit salt, “bad” fats, added sugars and refined grains. Instead eat healthy portions of fruit, fiber-rich whole-grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, beans, nuts and seeds.

Get plenty of sleep.

Sleep deprivation can contribute to problems like high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. Aim for at least six to eight hours of sleep each night.

Be a role model.

Exercise and eat healthy with your family to model healthy habits that’ll stick with your kids for years to come. It’s good for you — and them.

Carve out time for yourself when you’re caring for others.

With more and more homes becoming multigenerational, you may be taking care of an aging parent, grandparent or ill spouse. No matter how difficult things get, make sure you take time out to take care of yourself.

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