I’ve been working full-time for over a year and a half now, and while it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, I’m now confidently able to say I’ve mastered the art of balancing living the healthy life with working full-time.
It’s definitely a bit of a shock to the system going from full-time university student to working 40 hours a week. You lose a lot of freedom and flexibility, and a hell of a lot of time! I went from being on campus for 3-4 hours 2-3 days a week, to working in an office 9am-5pm five days a week. I went from having an abundance of time to cook up exotic healthy meals fresh everyday and working out at any time I wished, to having to prep and pack all my meals and waking up at 5:30am to workout.
But that was my new reality and I didn’t want to be one of those people who used working full-time and being so busy as an excuse to let my health slip! After all, health is for life so it should be our biggest priority! So with a lot of trial and error I’ve worked out some key strategies and practices that make balancing healthy living and full-time work a lot easier! It doesn’t happen overnight, but slowly start implementing these practices and I promise you, you’ll feel much more on top of your health.
1. Sunday Meal Prep. Sunday meal prep is going to be your new bestie if you want to stay healthy while working full-time. Plan your meals/snacks on a Sunday and dedicate 1-2 hours of your Sunday to cooking. This will not only save you time during the week, but ensures you have healthy meals and snacks on hand at all times to keep you on track; no excuses to be buying lunch out.
I personally prep most of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks for the week on a Sunday so I can just grab and go in the mornings. Meals normally last 2-3 days in the fridge and I’ll freeze the remaining meals and take them out to unthaw in the fridge the night before.
2. Plan your workouts for the week on a Sunday. On top of planning my meals for the week, while I’m at it, I like to plan my workouts for the week. That way, I’m not wasting time in the mornings thinking about what I want to do and I can make the most of my scheduled workout time. Because I workout at home, I also like to get out the equipment I plan to use to save myself more time in the mornings!
3. Lay out your workout clothes the night before. Get into the habit of laying out your workout clothes the night before. Not only does this save time, but when your clothes are organised and ready to go in the morning, it’s extra motivation to get out of bed and workout rather than hitting snooze on the alarm.
4. Workout in the morning. Trust me, the last thing you going to feel like doing after an 8 hour workday is a workout. Just get up and get it done in the morning, it’s honestly the best feeling knowing your workout is done and checked off the to-do list before the start of the day. And I don’t know about you, but if I’ve worked out in the morning, I’m more inclined to make healthier choices throughout the day because I don’t want to undo all my hard work.
5. Get out and get some sunshine on your lunch break. Better yet, go for a walk if your surroundings permit. The fresh air and sunshine will energise you and help you stay productive in the afternoon. Plus, the vitamin D for the sun is great for boosting your immune system!
6. Get up and move each hour. If you work a desk job like me, its so important to get up and move each hour. Our bodies aren’t designed to sit sedentary at a desk for hours on end. So each hour (set a timer if you have to remind yourself) get up and go for a walk or stretch – I use this as an opportunity to go to the bathroom, fill up my water bottle etc. Another way you could implement movement is by getting a standing desk (if your company allows) – stand for an hour than sit for an hour so that your not sitting for prolonged periods but also so that your not standing for prolonged periods which can lead to health complications also.
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