How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle Despite Your Busy Schedule

When juggling a lot in our life (whether by choice or having it thrust upon us), staying true to the  healthy lifestyle we want to lead can feel downright impossible! And, dare I say, sometimes, that workout or making that healthy meal is the first to get bumped off the "to do" list because the pressure of doing thattoo, is all too much.

Then, . . .  the guilt sets in.  Throw in some frustration over not achieving your goal and you are well on your way to creating a cocktail of stress and a whole lot of other negative thoughts and consequences.

Not. So. Pretty.

But. So. Not. Necessary!

 If you find yourself in this scenario and racing the clock, let's not waste any more time and please scan down.  I have some ideas to change all that for you.

Finding little time to fit in a workout or healthy meal? Tap here for 7 doable actions you can take today to create a healthier life even when you are crazy busy!

Racing about? Finding little time to fit in a workout or healthy meal? Tap here for 7 doable actions you can take today to create a healthier life even when you are crazy busy!


7 Ways You Can Create A Healthier Lifestyle . . . Even When You are Busy


You are about to break that ugly rut and negative cycle! It is possible to achieve the healthier lifestyle that you want without zapping all your time and energy.  Flip on down and see if any of these time-saving ideas you can implement rather quickly might help you hop on the road to better health and keep you there . . . yes, even despite your crazy busy days.

1.  Verbalize it.

When you say your healthy lifestyle goals out loud to yourself or your spouse or friend, neighbor - whomever will listen - it somehow makes you focus more to make it happen.  Even better - get that spouse or friend to join you and you can check in and encourage each other! Also, take a moment to write it down! Go ahead and make it real.  Put reminders to yourself on your phone, tack it up at a spot you will see everyday.  Start small and build from there.


2.  Let others do the planning.

Sign up for a workout program on line (lots of great free options for tight schedules) or let the trainer at your gym design the exact measures you are to take to get fit within the time you can give.  That way, it is all spelled out for you.  No thinking or creating.  All done!

Don't miss this:  Here is how I created a home gym that fits under my couch!



3.  Measure without thinking about it.

Strap on one of those fitness gadgets and eliminate the hassle of measuring your movements, heart-rate, etc. to help you achieve your goals.

Don't miss this:  Lots of specifics on fitness trackers with their pros and cons to consider right here.



4.  Power up!

Smoothies loaded with superfoods and super powders like this yummy one, Ambronite, is a great ticket to success.  I was sent Ambronite to try and am finding it an efficient way to get the nutrients needed to stay strong and powered up all morning!  Drinking smoothies is one of my favorite ways to stay nourished despite my busiest days. Look at what Ambronite can do for you below and it only takes minutes to make and you are on your way:




For more information on the tasty Ambronite and how to order some to try for yourself, tap here.  When I drank my smoothie with it, I particularly noticed a nice even energy and it really kept me full for a long time with no hunger pains to distract me during my busy day!

Don't miss this:  Follow my superfoods pin board to stay up-to-date on what foods you can add to your grocery list to keep you in top shape with little effort.



5.  Create a board.

Meal planning is always a smart trick to eating more nutritious food consistently.  To make that planning even smoother, create a Pinterest board or several of them to organize all those great healthy food ideas. Do a search for a specific diet, food item or recipe on the search bar at the top.  Make sure to download the app to your phone to make it a snap to view at the store for needed ingredients for that healthy simple dinner idea you wanted to try.


Don't miss this:  Tap into my healthy meal ideas on my Pinterest boards: soups, vegetables, main entrees, packed lunch ideas, and lots more!


6.  Simplify the shopping.

Stay on the outskirts of the grocery store where the fresh foods live.  That way you get in and out quicker! Keep the junk food in the junk food aisle (in the middle of the stores usually) and not at your house!  If you don't have the junk food in your pantry, you can't reach for it and crush all your attempts to keeping healthy.

Consider stopping by your farmers market for the freshest of choices that require very little cooking preparation to taste fantastic.  (Check out my mini-guide with special tips for shopping at farmers markets.)

Consider ordering your groceries, too.  It is a huge time-saver, gas-saver and may help keep you on track with your eating goals by not getting tempted to buy something you shouldn't.

Don't miss this:  Review these food labels simplified here for you whether you order your groceries on line or shop yourself.


7.  Wind it down and take note.

Leading the healthy life isn't only about what your put in your mouth and how much you move.  It is also about what you fill your mind with and how much you slow down as well. Relaxation is crucial to get a respite from that busy day to recharge. Whether that means taking a few minutes to read a book, share a healthy meal with family or friends, play with your children or dog, or just letting your mind wander and not be productive at all  -- every bit is imperative. Do make time to relax and notice the beauty and blessings that surround you.  Those demands will still be there, but let's not be a slave to them.

Don't miss this:  Hard for you to relax sometimes or maybe you don't even know what that feels like?  Uh-oh! See if any of thees ideas on how to relax appeal to you.



I would love to hear your suggestions on what works for you to keep to a healthy lifestyle when your schedule is tight. Jump in here, please, and share in the comments!



27 comments:

  1. It isn't easy to eat healthy all the time but I have made it a priority, I do spend a bit more when it comes to food that is already prepared so I don't have excuses... I also like really fresh food, it makes me want to eat it more... I find for me that I need a little planning but I need it to be easy, I have limited time and I don't want to fall into a rut where I am exhausted and I have nothing healthy to eat at those times... I like to have quick foods, like boiled eggs, baby carrots, hummus... fruit... simple items that fill me up and are simple xox

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    1. Prepared HEALTHY foods can be a great choice, Launna. You are so right. And all those choices you list here can be so easy to pick up and set out for yourself. I really appreciate your suggestions here and very happy you stopped by and shared this.

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  2. Such a good list. I agree that since I started doing the food shop online, it's harder to be lured into chucking little treats into the basket! xx

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    1. It is and what a time saver! Thanks for coming by, Moderate Mom! Love that title.

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  3. I have been working with my hubs on some of these strategies. I think planning out your workouts as you other appts. really helps keep you on track. Good tips

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    1. Oh yes! Scheduling workouts is a great tip! Thanks so much, Deborah.

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  4. Great list- definitely some things I need to practice! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up! :)

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    1. Really happy you came by, Annmarie!

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  5. Great tips! I try to workout in the morning before the stress of the day can wear me out. Working out before everything else also gives me more energy to take on the day. Also love shopping the perimeter of the grocery - great tip!

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    1. Working out in the morning does have a lot of advantages. Nice to feel you accomplished something so positive early in the day, too. Excellent point, Nicole. Thanks so much.

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  6. Great tips! I love that my workplace has a fitness program and that I can easily sign up for inexpensive classes. It really takes the thinking out of everything!

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    1. You are lucky, Janelle, and those classes keep you motivated, too! Thanks for adding in here!

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  7. Your posts are incredible, Lori. I am always learning with you.
    It's doable. It may require some changes here and there, but every one can live a healthy life.

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    1. Debbie - you are so positive and kind and with everything you handle, it is so impressive. Readers - do check out her blog. Debbie is the real deal and has great and encouraging ideas for leading a healthy lifestyle.

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  8. Healthy despite the busy is always a struggle, but this is really good advice! Thanks!

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    1. I hear you! Happy to have given you an idea or two, though, Sarah!

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  9. Great tips! And you are so right- what you say to yourself and others makes a big difference. Also, great point about shopping at farmers markets to get more flavorful food in order to minimize ingredients. I've noticed how much better our produce tastes, which encourages everyone to eat healthier (including my kiddos)!

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    1. Soooo much better tasting the fresher the food, Danielle! I couldn't agree more!

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  10. I've been trying the "let others do the planning" tip! I'm doing the Tone It Up fitness program and they post the exact workouts to do every day. It's so easy! Now I have no excuse not to do them :)

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    1. I love that! All the work done. I will have to check out that program. I really appreciate the lead, Liz.

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  11. These are all such great ideas to help us maintain an all round healthy lifestyle. It is hard to be consistent and these tips are good to keep us on track.
    Thanks for bringing them to Fridays Blog Booster Party #25
    Kathleen

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  12. I must admit that this article really resonates with me. Too often I miss going to the gym or cooking a fresh healthy meal due to real or imagined time constraints.I also love to use good quality organic supplements to enhance my nutrient intake. Thank you so much for sharing tips for leading a healthy lifestyle despite a busy schecule with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. We all feel like that sometimes, Deborah! But, awareness is the key to begin again. What organic supplements do you use? Thanks for coming by.

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  13. This post will be featured on this week's Tip Tuesday link party.
    Thank you for your contribution!

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    1. You are welcome and thank you, Debbie!

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  14. Great tips its when I get busy that I am at my worse. Taking notes now. lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed reading so many fab other blog posts and to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

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