Wednesday, October 09, 2019

How to Stay Healthy While You’re Busy

by Alisha Johnson, Ensley Branch Library

If you are in any way like me, you know how hard it is to lead a healthy lifestyle with all of the demands of juggling a career, school, and parenthood. You make all of the New Year’s resolutions in January to find out after the year has passed, you forgot to lose weight. And eating healthy is a whole other beast in itself. By the time you settle down for the evening, forget to thaw the chicken and help with homework, you’re too exhausted to turn on the oven. Below are some ways you can combat the stressors of life and get your mind and body in shape without spending hours in a gym or over the stove.

  1. Walk whenever possible—it’s free
  2. Take advantage of free workout videos
  3. Prep healthy meals at the start of the week (portion control)
  4. Make good use of a Crock-Pot and Instant Pot
  5. Try some awesome morning yoga poses like Utkatasana (Chair Pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Now that you know how to stay healthy and fit, go on and do it already!

Check out these resources from your local library:

Fitness after 40: Your Strong Body at 40, 50, 60, and Beyond: Includes a 6-Week Total-Body Workout Program by Vonda Wright, M.D., M.S., with Ruth Winter, M.S.
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Start Your Day That Burns Fat and Sheds the Pounds by Jorge Cruise
10 Minute Solution: Fitness Ball Workouts [DVD]

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