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We all know that having a hectic schedule can negatively affect our ability to lead a healthy life. As a matter of fact, recent research has shown that people who don’t have a clear routine often have weight issues, suffer from inadequate sleep and are less likely to exercise than people who do have.
According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Occupational Health from the University of Milan roughly 10% of people who don’t have a set routine in place – and particularly people who work shift work – end up with type-two diabetes.
Furthermore, people without a set routine eat around 10% less vegetables and fruits than those without one, which only reinforces the idea that having a set routine will make it easier for you to lead a healthy lifestyle. And no matter how hectic your work life is, you still need to do some things to improve the quality of your life…
Four Simple Tips That Will Help Stay Fit On the Go
· Tip Number One:
For starters, you have to know why breakfast is so important and why so many people still refer to it as the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will help you sustain high-energy levels throughout the day and will help your body manage your blood sugar.
You should avoid eating a carb-high breakfast or any sugary drinks in the morning because they will set you up for a blood-sugar roller-coaster. If you don’t have enough time each morning to prepare a breakfast, you can simply hire a meal delivery service to help you with your meals.
· Tip Number Two:
Too much coffee throughout the day will not only dehydrate you, but it will also overload your liver for the day and in the long run, it will increase the risk of blood sugar irregularities. Just remember that your liver is the organ that detoxifies your body and if you overload it, you’ll increase your chance for disease.
So you should either try to cut back on coffee – try drinking one cup of black coffee in the morning – or eliminate it altogether. But don’t worry my fellow coffee-drinkers, there are some alternatives out there, for instance, you can try drinking herbal teas like oolong, dandelion root or green tea.
· Tip Number Three:
While most people will tell you that you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, there’s actually no scientific evidence for it. However, there’s, in fact, scientific evidence that staying hydrated will help you lose weight quickly and will maximize your physical performance.
Just don’t drink too much water before a meal, because it can and probably will hinder your digestion. You should only drink a cup of water around 20 minutes before a meal – just make sure that you’re drinking room-temperature water because cold water will slow your digestion down significantly.
· Tip Number Four:
While the last tip on our list sounds like simple common sense, you have to admit that when faced with a lack of time, most people turn to processed foods, because they are both cheaper and don’t require too much or any effort to prepare. All of us are guilty of this.
But you have to be aware that processed foods are full of artificial sugars, excess sodium and artificial ingredients like sweeteners. The best advice about processed foods is – if you can’t pronounce at least one of the ingredients listed on the box – you should definitely skip buying the product!
Final Thoughts: Stop Making Excuses Right Now!
As you can clearly see, all of the tips we listed above are fairly easy to implement in your life, no matter how busy you are, or what shits you work. Just make sure to remember that a healthy life starts with dedication and as long as you stay dedicated to the lifestyle, you’ll definitely succeed.
Lastly, just don’t try to skip meals and starve yourself in order to lose weight, because it will have a negative effect on your health overall. And if you have to eat in front of the TV, make sure to go for something healthy like hummus, veggies, kale chips, or another nutritious treat instead of a TV meal.
We want your feedback! So tell us what you think about our tips. And if you have anything to add – maybe some tips of your own – be share to share your thoughts with the rest of us by leaving a comment in the comment section bellow. By Theresa Brawner
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who regularly writes articles for www.diet.st. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.