If you have a busy work schedule or preparing the exams for the college, then you know that keeping the mind and body sharp can be a problem. We all have the limited time and with many obligations, it could be really hard from time to time to live a healthy lifestyle. You can lead a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes there are tight deadlines when you miss the workout or interrupt your sleeping routine.
It happens to me from time to time, but I’m trying to keep myself organized and have the highest energy levels assured. Keeping your mind and body will ensure the high energy levels that will have a positive impact on energy levels. Your focus and motivation depend on the energy, so if you want to get the most of your days, you must keep your body and mind healthy.
I’m going to share five easy to follow tips that will ensure you the highest energy levels possible. You will be amazed how many things you can accomplish in one day if you follow these tips!
#1 Regular Strength Training
The regular workout is the must thing to keep your body healthy and fit. It can be tough to train when you’re overwhelmed with deadlines. I know that going to the gym can take you few hours from your day which you probably don’t have, but there are the ways. Bodyweight strength training is an ideal substitution for weight workouts, especially if you don’t have time.
You can do these exercises anywhere and anytime, even when you’re learning. There is no need for any equipment which means this kind of training is totally free of cost. If you really don’t have much time, then 30 minutes HIIT workout is all you need.
Here is a full-body workout I like to perform when I’m in a busy mode:
10 chair dips
1-minute plank hold
Don’t rest between the exercises and once you finish all exercises, then you’re done with the circle. Rest 2 minutes between circles and adjust the number of circles to your time and fitness levels. Aim to complete at least 3 circles for the best results.
#2 Healthy Diet
If you aim for a healthy lifestyle, then you simply can’t avoid healthy eating. Busy people sometimes complain they don’t have time to prepare or eat healthy, so they eat whatever they can find at the moment. I understand that, but to eat healthily, you don’t need to spend more time. There are many options for healthy eating on-the-go. When you enter the fast-food restaurant, order the salad or ask for the grilled instead of fried food. You see, it won’t take you extra time, but you’ll do yourself a huge favour.
Also, when you’re done with the work or studying, separate 30 minutes to prepare healthy meals for the next day. Pack these meals in the Tupperware and you’re ready to go. Another great way to keep your energy at high levels is drinking enough liquid. Replace soft drinks with the water as the soft drinks are one of the unhealthiest sources of calories.
Meditation is a highly underrated habit, but it should be in a daily routine of everyone who wants to have a healthy lifestyle. Remember, the healthy lifestyle isn’t only limited to having a healthy body, but mind also. When you have a busy schedule that is often filled with the deadlines, the stress levels increase drastically.
Stress is connected to cortisol which is the hormone that in high levels harm your body. It’s scientifically proven that meditation lowers the stress levels which leads to lower cortisol levels too. When you’re stressed you can’t focus, concentrate and your energy levels drop. Getting the meditation into your daily routine is effortless.
I recommend you to reserve 10 minutes of your time before sleeping for meditation. Find a comfortable place to sit, hold the sitting position and start focusing on your breath. Whenever your mind goes away, just refocus on the breath. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t focus for longer periods on the breath at the beginning, but as you practice, you will become much better and will reap the benefits.
#4 Read Books
If the strength workout is the training for the body then reading the books is the training for the mind. It’s important that your mind is always sharp and fed with the quality information. Reading can also reduce the stress levels and improve your concentration which will have a positive impact on your work.
The great thing is that reading can be done anywhere, so if you commute to work or college using the public transportation, you can read there. It’s a better time investment than mindlessly thinking about unimportant things. The books will improve your creativity and overall knowledge. You will get so many angles and perspectives which can lead to getting a great business idea. If you’re driving a car, bike or walk to get to the work then the best way is to get audiobooks and listen to them. That way you can even “read” more books!
#5 Sleep Enough
Sleeping is crucial for healthy body functioning. Your body is recovering during the sleep and you should take the sleeping routine seriously. It’s advisable to sleep around 8 hours for adults to have a proper rest and energy levels for the upcoming day. If you can’t separate 8 hours each night, I advise you to start waking up earlier to do the most critical tasks in the morning. That way you can go to sleep earlier and don’t think about the critical task when you lack the energy, especially after a hard day.
Try to read the book or meditate before sleeping as you should eliminate all the blue lights which disrupt sleep. Make sure that the room is cool and without light before sleeping. My advice is to try to create a sleeping routine of waking up each day at the same time. That way your biorhythm won’t be disrupted and your energy levels will be high all the times.