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With the leisurely pace of summer behind us, the arrival of fall can feel like a “return” to work for adults — especially if your children at home are also returning to school. Anytime your routine changes or life gets busier, healthy habits seem to fall to the bottom of the priority list.
Instead of letting the first few weeks of fall slip by without getting on track with a routine, start today by creating the kinds of healthy work habits you can stick with all season. Here are five tips to make it happen.
Tip No. 1: Wake up 30 minutes earlier.
Setting your alarm for just half an hour earlier than usual can help eliminate the morning rush that is often to blame for skipping breakfast, or, worse, grabbing something from the drive-through. Giving yourself more time in the morning can help you feel more prepared to tackle your day the healthy way, without sacrificing too much shut-eye. But if you find yourself feeling extra tired in the morning, try the reverse and get into bed 30 minutes earlier every night.
Tip No. 2: Make good use of the weekend.
If you’re like most people, your weeks already are packed with long work hours and family responsibilities. By the time the weekend rolls around, the last thing you probably want to do is more work. Trust us on this one: If you dedicate just an hour or two each Sunday to getting yourself organized, you’ll find you can make healthy choices all week. Completing your weekly grocery shopping and taking the time to prep nutritious lunches during the weekend is a great way to ensure you stay on track throughout the week.
Tip No. 3: Don’t forget to eat.
No matter how busy you are, it’s still important to make time to fuel your body throughout the day. While eating breakfast and lunch should be a priority, don’t forget the benefits of healthy snacking. Stash a bag of almonds or trail mix in one of your desk drawers or pack an extra piece of fresh fruit and yogurt to have on hand when hunger strikes.
Tip No. 4: Schedule workouts as can’t-miss appointments.
Just as you wouldn’t sleep through an important meeting with your boss, you should treat your workout calendar as non-negotiable — at least for the first few weeks until you establish a routine. Find an activity you enjoy and make it a point to get in at least 30 minutes of fitness every day.
Tip No. 5: Unplug in the evenings.
Though the demands of your job may make it difficult, try your best to keep your work and home life separate. Put away your smartphone or computer in the evenings so you can spend time with your family and begin to decompress. Getting away from electronics for a few hours will help you relax and allow you to get a better night’s sleep … so you can do it all over again tomorrow.
Do you already have a healthy work routine down pat? Share your tips in the comments section below.
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