Time for Healthy Habits

5 Simple Ways to Make Time For Healthy Habits

In our busy lives, it’s easy to claim that we don’t have the time to develop healthy habits. However, the truth is that when something isn’t a priority, we hesitate to make time for it. If we look at our daily routines, it is almost certain that we can find moments to fit in healthy habits. So, how can we make time for our health? Here are five simple ways to make time for your health.

Track Your Time to Find Opportunities for Healthy Habits

Try tracking your daily activities to understand how you spend your day. This will show you how effectively you utilize your time and highlight opportunities for incorporating healthy habits. Observe areas where you’re wasting time or undertaking unnecessary tasks (e.g., endlessly scrolling through social media), then allocate that time towards healthier alternatives. Remember, when your health is a priority, you’ll make time for it.

Write Down Your Needs

Everything is not going to happen overnight. If you want to incorporate healthy habits, write down your most urgent need first. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, put that at the top of your list. Focus on hitting that goal consistently before you move on to others. Create the action steps for this single goal.

Example Action Steps:
  • I will go to bed at 10 pm on Tuesday and wake up at 6 am for a Wednesday dance fitness class.
  • I will try a new exercise activity every two weeks to find one I like
  • I will wear an activity tracker to get to 10,000 steps a day
  • I will walk 10 minutes every Tuesday and Thursday on my lunch break

Find Multipliers

A multiplier is an activity that accomplishes multiple goals. It is a little bit different than multitasking. Multitasking involves focusing on multiple things at once, and sometimes, the quality drops in one area. Are you able to do two complementary activities to make the most of your time? For example, if you know you will be doing a virtual meeting, you can squeeze in a low-impact physical activity while actively listening. We mostly listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks while working out. Listen to your meeting instead of your regular audio distraction while being active. You are saving time while accomplishing a goal.

Embrace Small Doses

No one said healthy habits have to take hours out of your time. Small doses have great power in the long run. Looking back to exercise, if you can find just 10 minutes of the day every day to be active, you will be accomplishing your goal. It may seem insignificant, but you are getting up to 70 minutes a week of activity and 280 minutes a month of physical activity. That is better than zero!

Just 10 minutes has benefits for your health, too. Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center found women who exercised at 72 minutes a week significantly improved their general fitness from a sedentary state. This was comparable to those women who exercised twice as long.

Know When to Outsource

If you feel you lead a busy life where you cannot fit in your health priorities, are there areas where you can outsource? If you struggle with healthy eating, you can find more straightforward ways to eat better. For example, there are many options for pre-made salads and fresh meals at the grocery store. Can you incorporate these into your grocery list? You may also want to consider a healthy meal delivery option.

Meal delivery saves you time on grocery shopping and meal prep. It may feel more expensive, but how often do you find yourself eating out? What bad convenient foods do you grab because of lack of time? In addition, would you even have time to cook the food you shopped for, or is it easier to order a healthy meal delivery that is already prepared for you? By replacing undesirable convenient foods with desirable ones, you can tackle your goals more easily.

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Overall, everything you want to do can be accomplished with a little bit of planning. Your health should be your most important priority. If you feel you lack time to take care of it now, you might regret the time you lose fixing it later.

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