Working Out a Little is Better Than Not Working Out at All

As we move into 2019, you’ve probably got your list of resolutions ready to go. It’s always at the top of our list to make health a priority in the New Year, which is a noble and incredibly vital goal to have.

But life has a funny way of happening and making other plans for you, doesn’t it?! You may start out with good intentions, but work, illnesses, and other factors can get in the way, keeping you from that workout you’d planned on. I have some encouraging news, though — science has your back. It seems that studies confirm that a little exercise is better for your health than none at all.

Let me know in the comments below what your New Year Resolution is this year, I’m eager to hear what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2019!

So when life gives you lemons, make the best of it by getting in some kind of activity each day. Here are some suggestions you can try when you’re short on time to get at least enough exercise to feel good and stick to your resolutions.

Split it up
Maybe you can’t commit to 30 solid minutes per day, but guess what? You don’t have to! If it’s easier to find 10-minute blocks of time to get that exercise in, then do that. By the end of the day, you’ll have fulfilled your exercise quota, and you’ll be on your way to feeling healthier. Once you get in the swing of it, you’ll crave that daily exercise and make sure you find time for it, too.

Walk the office
Trapped on deadline? We feel ya! But sitting behind the desk all day isn’t good for anyone. On your lunch, take a break and walk up and down the stairs or around the building even for just 15 minutes. Finding ways to fit exercise into the daily tasks we have to do is a perfect way to utilize limited time.

Try HIIT
If walking bores you, try a few HIIT exercises in your office. Again, you can split it up throughout your day to make sure you get some exercise in.

Walk to work
For those of you in big cities, let your feet lead the way to work. You can try getting off at a stop or two earlier on the subway and walk the rest of the way. Bring your work shoes in your bag and change into them when you arrive so you can make the most of your steps. No choice but to drive? Try parking further away from the door for a longer stroll from the car to the office.

Schedule it into your weekend
If you’d prefer to have a more active weekend, focus on getting a good bit of activity over the weekend to make up for any sedentary days during the week. So if you really can’t take the time during the week, block out at least an hour and 15 minutes worth of time on your weekend to faithfully hit the gym or jogging trail.

Now that you know you have more flexibility with getting your exercise, I know you can utterly crush your good-health goals this year.

I’ve noticed there are two types of people – the kind of people who shop for the week on the weekend and the people that buy groceries throughout the week.

My family shops for the week.

Which one are you? Are you a planner who likes to plan for the week ahead and go shopping on the weekend for the entire week?

Or do you go several times throughout the week just picking and choosing meals as you go?

Are you a lunch packer or a lunch out kind of person?

Planning ahead lunches for the week can seem like a daunting task when you just want to relax on the weekends. Do you tend to roll through the week flying by the seat of your pants? Or do you pack lunches for the work week?

If you want to avoid the hassle of planning and packing lunches for the week, cook a little extra at dinner time to take for lunch the next day.  It’s as simple as that.

What’s your typical lunch on a workday?

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in the Fall?

Campfires, hiking, leaf peeping, visiting a pumpkin patch, fall festivals… there are so many wonderful things going on in the autumn outdoors.

What do you and your family do outdoors in the fall?

Now’s a perfect time to check out the events calendar where you live -macaronikid.com is excellent if you have children- and check out what’s going on for the next few months, so you don’t miss anything fun.

Everybody loves breakfast, but so few make the time to enjoy it — wouldn’t you agree?  Mornings can be a blur of scrambling to get out the door, leaving little time for those delectable breakfast items we long for. There are plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are healthy and portable, and even ones you can make ahead, so there’s no extra time out of your morning.

Of course, I absolutely suggest pulling as many strings as possible to make a healthy breakfast a priority in the mornings, but I fully understand that’s not always possible.  If this is a problem you’re struggling with, I suggest you take a small chunk of time out of your day today to search for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.  Try one or two out this week and see how it works for you.

Need some ideas to get you started – check out these resources: Breakfast Recipes and Breakfast in a Pinch.

What’s your favorite breakfast?

How can you create joy in your life?  Yes, I said create.

Joy doesn’t happen to us without an effort on our part.

Feeling joy and living joyfully takes practice.  It’s something we must work at daily until we get into the swing of it.

So, what thieves of joy are you struggling with currently?

How can you turn those around and make them work for you, moving more toward joy?

How mood and mental state are so closely tied to our overall health, so focusing on physical health WITH mental health is the perfect equation for a joyful, healthy life.

Healthy Food Hack.

Keep frozen and canned vegetables on hand.  Yes, of course, fresh vegetables taste better and pack more of a punch when it comes to nutrients.

But when you have these ingredients on hand at all times, you’ll be much more likely to reach for them on that busy night when you’re throwing a quick dinner together.

Having these canned and frozen options on hand alleviates a major reason we reach for the takeout menu — pressed for time, and no ingredients ready at home.

So on your next grocery store run, stock up on a few bags of frozen veggies and several cans of vegetables such as green beans, carrots, etc.  Organic is best, if available.

Focusing on what makes you happy can give you the tools you need to turn any bad day around for good.  Bad days will come, but your response to them will determine just how long they stay.

There are undoubtedly many things in your life that make you happy.  It can be as simple as sleeping on freshly cleaned sheets, or as deeply meaningful as a long phone conversation with your beloved grandmother.

I want you to make a list of 10 things that make you happy.  When your list is complete, put it on your refrigerator so you can easily access it when needed.  Try to incorporate at least one thing from your list in your life on a daily basis.

Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?

If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand?  Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward?  A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are.  Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.

Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently.  Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.

An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom.  You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.