In today’s world of endless emails to send and errands to run, finding time to keep up with your health can quickly sink to the bottom of the to-do list. But before you skip today’s lunch break, check out these five quick tips to keep your body and mind up to par with your energetic daily schedule.
1. Take a morning walk
According to the New York Times, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people who did minimal exercise (fewer than 150 minutes per week) were still 20 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who did not exercise at all. Not only are you potentially adding years to your life by taking a morning stroll, but walks also help to you wake up and allow you feel refreshed before starting the day. If you’re not into morning walks, try a few yoga poses after getting out of bed. Sometimes, the only time you have to yourself is before you leave for work. Taking advantage of this “me” time keeps your mind focused, relaxed and healthy.
2. Keep up with prescriptions through your smartphone
With so many to-dos on your plate, taking medications and refilling prescriptions seems like last thing you have time for. To make things easy, apps like CVS Mobile allow you to control all of your prescription refills; the CVS Mobile app even has a reminder option that lets you know when to take your medication. Its “one tap” refill option makes refilling a prescription easier than ever. Don’t think you have time to sign up? Just scan the bar code on your license, and the app will register all of your information – leaving you no excuse to forget about your health.
3. Make time for sleep
According to sleepfoundtion.org, adults ages 18-64 need anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but it’s hard to put your daily life aside long enough to catch some of those much-needed z’s. Although some smartphones have “sleep modes” that switch to warmer colors after a certain hour, it’s important to put the electronics away altogether about an hour before bedtime. Try picking up a book or listening to some soft music before bed rather than scrolling through Twitter.
4. Monitor your alcohol intake
Are drinks after work ever a bad idea? Not if it’s just a glass or two of wine, but consuming too much alcohol can have a negative impact on your heart and liver and even increase the chance of developing certain cancers, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Enjoying drinks with friends on the weekends is a nice way to unwind after a long work week, but keep in mind that drinking too much on those Friday and Saturday nights can lead to health problems in the long run, including a weaker immune system and poor sleep cycles.
5. Create a meal plan
It’s easy to get caught up in daily happenings at the office, leaving you to think the only meal you have time for is a quick bite from the fast food drive thru. Planning meals in advance helps to avoid those what-should-I-eat moments and prevents you from settling for something unhealthy just because it’s quick. Simply writing down your breakfast, lunch and dinner choices for the week and preparing them in advance leaves plenty of healthy options and ensures that you won’t end up in a fast food rut.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with CVS, however all opionins are my own.