It’s one thing to make it to the gym on a normal day — it’s another when you’re feeling overtaxed and anxious about everything on your plate. The stress of a looming deadline at work, an urgent car repair, or a day packed with meetings can be enough to make you want to skip your usual date with the treadmill and grab a handful of greasy chips as a snack.
Tempting as it is to veg out in front of the TV, a long day is no excuse to neglect the healthy lifestyle you’ve been so carefully cultivating. In fact, working out and eating well can actually help reduce your anxiety and improve your mood. Prepare for the next stressful day before it even arrives by following these tips for maintaining your healthy lifestyle, no matter what life throws at you.
Make Your Coffee a Little Healthier
As necessary as it seems, your morning caffeine fix could be adding extra calories and sugar to your diet. Resist the temptation of specialty lattes or blended drinks, and stick to regular brewed coffee. Flavored creamers aren’t your friend, either. Instead, try skim or almond milk and a dash of cinnamon for extra sweetness without the sugar.
Stash Extra Gym Clothes at Your Desk
When you’re rushing through your morning routine, accidentally leaving things at home is inevitable. Don’t let a forgotten gym bag get in the way of your workout plans. Instead, keep an extra gym bag in your office or in the trunk of your car so you’ll always be ready to hit the gym.
Reach For a Protein-Packed Lunch
Make lunchtime easy with one of the quickest options out there: a fast salad with a StarKist tuna, chicken, or salmon pouch and mixed greens. Since the pouches of tuna, salmon, and chicken come in flavors like Thai chili tuna, buffalo chicken, and mango-chipotle salmon, you don’t even need salad dressing or other seasonings. When it’s time for lunch (or a snack!), just open the pouch, add to your salad greens or pair with your favorite sliced veggies, and enjoy! You can even eat the tuna, salmon, or chicken straight from the pouch if you’re on-the-go! Each tasty pouch contains plenty of protein, healthy fats, and other nutrients — plus, there’s no cooking required.
Walk as Much as You Can
Find excuses to get up from your desk and go for a walk as often as you can during the day. You could turn a regular one-on-one into a walking meeting, run an errand on foot instead of driving, or even take the stairs instead of the elevator in the parking garage.
Carry a Reusable Water Bottle With You
Drinking plenty of water seems like a simple enough goal, but it’s just way too easy to forget when you’re running from meeting to meeting. Get in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle everywhere you go so you have no excuse not to hydrate.
Squeeze In Short Workouts
If you really don’t have time to go to the gym, find other ways to get active. Fit in a few lunges while you’re brushing your teeth or squats while you’re on a conference call. You can even switch to a standing desk for a constant core workout. Hey, it’s better than nothing!
Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
When you’re starving, it’s hard to resist a slice of someone’s birthday cake or chocolate from the lobby candy jar. You’ll be much less tempted if you have healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit, good-for-you protein bars, StarKist tuna, chicken, or salmon pouches and crackers, or precut veggies easily available.