By Sarah Young
As students and working professionals, we are all busy. School, careers, and extracurricular activities consume our lives, often leaving minimal time for us to take care of ourselves! Regardless of our schedules, it is necessary to take the time to maintain optimal wellness. Below are tips and tricks that you can take to make healthy options simple, easy, and time efficient.
Super Quick Food!
Eating healthy foods on the go is difficult sometimes. But packing small nutritious snacks can help, especially when they are packed with protein; foods such as nuts, pumpkin seeds, and cheese are portable, and will keep you full for a long period of time. Other lunch items such as a simple turkey sandwich, or Greek yogurt, are also loaded with vitamins and minerals, and have fewer calories than that cheeseburger! Further, eating 6-8 small meals or snacks instead of 3 large meals per day can help your body digest more efficiently, and can increase your metabolism.
Quick Tip: Refrain from pre-packaged “100 Calorie” snack packs! Although they are a better option than potato chips, these packs are full of “empty calories” that have minimal nutritious value.
So, the Department of Health and Human Services suggest that individuals get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (That’s a 30 minute workout, 5 days a week!) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. In actuality, this is incredibly unrealistic for the average student or working professional. What is most important is to take small steps towards incorporating exercise into your day. This includes taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or leaving your desk to take a five minute walk or stretch between meetings. If you can fit a more rigorous exercise routine into your schedule, that is great! But even the smallest activities, such as walking, is considered weight bearing exercise, and can improve your overall circulation and strength.