When it comes to health, so many of us have good intentions.
We know the health rules, but remembering to actually do them or finding the time to fit them in remains a colossal challenge. We’re busy. We’re tired. We’re cranky.
Who has the time for one more thing, anyway?
You’re not alone: A 2010 Stress in America Survey found that 34 percent of adults found that the struggle they face balancing work and home life makes it difficult to find the time for health behaviors, like eating right and exercising regularly.
Being in charge isn’t easy. Running an organization takes expert knowledge of an industry, an understanding of logistics that’s based in reality and leadership qualities that forge many different personalities and expertise into a single force greater than the sum of its parts.
Those that are good at it can make life for their underlings inspiring and rewarding. Those that suck at it irk everyone and ultimately diminish the chances the organization will thrive. They may even scuttle the boat entirely.
Antoine Gerschel and Lawrence Polsky of management consultant People NRG have a thing to say about bad bosses. The two have written books on leadership that include such titles as Perfect Phrases for Conflict Resolution and The 19 Steps to Lead Employees Over the River of Fear. I spoke with Gerschel recently and he outlined the traits of 5 types of poor leaders and how to deal with them.
The food is relatively cheap, I don’t have to pack anything, and the kids aren’t going to argue about eating chicken nuggets, fries, or the occasional cheeseburger. That’s especially tempting when the trip is longer than an afternoon. Stop, grab dinner, stop 10 minutes later for the unscheduled potty stop that you know is going to happen, and then you’re on your way!
I started looking at the average calories and sodium intake that a fast food meal has one day and figured there had to be healthier options that wouldn’t cost me much in time. Without further ado, here are the ways that I’ve discovered help our family beat the fast food trap.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on those healthy ideals. There are ways to sneak them into your day.
At the end of that day, you’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment.
And then you’ll never again have to say, “I’m too busy to
Daily flossing helps prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth loss by removing plaque that brushing can’t. Most of us wait until we’re ready for bed to drag out the floss (if we remember at all); but by that time, we’re so tired, it’s the last thing we feel like adding to our list.
Fit it in
Floss any time of day it doesn’t really matter when. Do it first thing in the morning or after lunch. It just matters that you do it. Buy a six-pack of floss (or you can also use another product like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser or tiny brushes that reach between your teeth) and stash them in different places in the shower, alongside the bathtub, in the car. The next best thing to flossing? Swish water around in your mouth after brushing to loosen particles left behind.
Fit it in
It’s not true a watched pot will never boil; chances are it will boil before you know it if, while you’re waiting for the bubbles to surface, you do some push-ups against the kitchen counter. That’s only one way to sneak in some bone-enhancing moves.
Take Off My Makeup
Besides leaving streaks on your nice clean pillowcase, sleeping in foundation can lead to clogged pores, which then can progress to blackheads and breakouts. That goes for your lashes, too: Mascara can dislodge and end up in your eyes, leading to eye irritation and even infection.
Fit it in
Many companies make premoistened makeup removal pads. No water necessary a few quick swipes and you’re nice and clean. Quick and easy.
Sometimes you are too busy to stop and eat, and by the time your brain gets that “feed me” signal from your stomach, it’s too late. You reach for the first, most convenient thing and that’s not always a healthy thing.
Fit it in
Prepare ahead of time by filling your fridge with easy-to-grab prepared snack bags containing cut-up carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes. You can do the same with a mix of unsalted pretzels, nuts and dried fruit.
Other easy-to-make-and-grab options include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat cheese sticks, snack-size cottage cheese or yogurt, whole grain crackers. Snacking on healthy, fiber-filled foods will keep your energy up and keep you from feeling hopelessly hungry and frustratingly fatigued.
Stay in Touch With Friends and Family
What’s health got to do with it? Social support networks, according to many studies, have far-reaching health benefits. A strong social network helps people cope with stress and stress is a health-buster. An Australian study that followed older people for 10 years found that those with a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22 percent. Other studies have found that people with cancer who participated in support groups lived longer than those who didn’t.
Fit it in
If you don’t have time for a phone conversation, just texting or emailing mini-updates or messages (“I’m thinking about you!”) can help you feel connected, grounded and happier.
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