How many of you have ever decided to start living a healthy lifestyle, maybe as a new years resolution or simply a promise to yourself? Did you stick to that promise or did you stop because life threw some unexpected twists and turns at you? If that's the case then don't feel guilty, we've all been there. Honestly, I've been there more times than I can count. Either we work way too many hours, have too much homework, or get too caught up with life's responsibilities that health and exercise seem to slip from our very fingers. However, through every lifestyle trial & error I've realized one thing to be true; the key to sticking to any health kick is planning.
Planning is the one thing that gets me to the gym and helps me to eat right when all I want to do is go home to sleep. It allows me to take control of my diet rather than eating anything in sight One way I exercise planning is by meal prepping. Yes, I know, meal prepping sounds like such a drag. You’re probably wondering who has time to meal prep when they don’t even have time to go to the gym. I get it, but there are several easy ways to meal prep without sacrificing precious time. You can throw some food in a crockpot and leave it unattended for a few hours, prep on your off days, or whip up 20 minute healthy meals (which I'll be making a blog post on soon). Once you have your food prepared for the week, you'll be much less likely to grab processed food when you're busy at work. This way you'll tend to save more money as well.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of you have pressed the snooze button one too many times and had no time to make breakfast? You're not the only one. To avoid skipping breakfast or grabbing a donut on the way to work I make breakfast the night before. This includes eggs with avocado, yogurt bowls, or overnight oats. That way I pop the food into the microwave before I leave the house or just grab it out of the fridge on my way to work. It's convenient and allows me to sleep longer in the morning while still eating a balanced breakfast.
I don't know about you, but for me its incredibly difficult to go to the gym after I've been home from work. This is why I pack a bag the night before and just go straight to the gym once I'm finished with work. I can't even explain how much its helped me to go to the gym on the days I don't want to.
Another way I plan for the gym is by having a set workout regimen. I sat down and wrote out what days I’m going to workout and the exercises for each day. That way when I go to the gym after work I don’t have to dedicate much brain power to my exercise. It allows me to get in the zone while exercising which is much more rewarding for my body and mind.