What about time management and weight loss?
Modern life is hectic these days. It can be so difficult to balance our home and outdoor life and still manage to pay enough attention to our health and wellbeing. Often other functions have priority and our own needs are placed at the bottom of the queue. It's such a common complaint to hear that there just aren't enough hours in the day!
When you think about it, your weight and health should always be a high priority. However, maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is time consuming; it takes effort. Unfortunately, it takes a lot less effort to put on weight and crawl it up, which often surprises us.
Managing your time is really about managing your priorities. Take into account the different areas of your life and plan your days in advance. That way, you can regain those elusive extra hours in the day that seem to have disappeared in the past.
We at Motivation understand that weight loss must be managed in order to be effective and to achieve sustainable results over the long term. Planning is critical to effective time management and weight loss. By integrating your weight loss strategy into your daily routine, your chances of success increase enormously as these changes become habits.
The most effective way to save time is to first find out what you're spending your time on. Keep a record of what you do each day for 2 or 3 days. That way, when you revise your schedule, you can fill your time with more productive activities. Once you have your schedule in hand, you can waste less valuable time putting off things that need to be done. It will be there in black and white.
Take the time to plan menus of the day and prepare meals that can be chilled or frozen for later use. By creating menus first, your shopping list becomes organized and specific, which allows you to manage your grocery stores and minimize the risk of slipping into old habits. In this way, the right food is always available at meal and snack times.
It is important that you include your 20 to 30 minute daily exercise load in your routine. If you jot it down in your journal at a specific time each day, depending on what the rest of the day looks like, you're more inclined to pull it off. Make it a priority!
Park a little further away from your daily goals, be it for work or elsewhere. Or, if your destination is within walking distance, go there. It can sometimes take longer to drive from place to place when you have to find parking and deal with the traffic. Always push yourself to walk as quickly as possible and use every opportunity to walk and move.
What about the bike? In many urban centers, cycling is now a much safer option with the introduction of dedicated cycle paths.
Water has been shown to have numerous weight loss benefits. Always keep a bottle close at hand and take a sip during the day. A glass of cool water in the morning gives your metabolism a good jump start for the day. It is a popular belief that we should drink 6-8 glasses of water every day, and although this changes from person to person, depending on factors like weight, activity level, and environmental factors like climate; It is a reasonable guideline to follow. In addition, drinking water before a meal can help you feel full more quickly, and the fluids also aid your digestion. It's also important to remember that the more we exercise, the more water our bodies need.
It may seem a little irrelevant to this topic of time management and weight loss, but in fact, getting adequate sleep every night is critical to successful weight loss and overall lifestyle improvement. Without enough sleep, our ability to lose weight decreases. Fatigue leads to less energy for exercise and more cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Ideally, we should avoid eating, drinking and exercising two hours before going to bed. These two hours should be viewed as a relaxation phase, which relaxes the body in preparation for sleep.
In conclusion, planning ahead and managing time more effectively will help remove some of the stress associated with weight loss, and don't underestimate the fact that it can be very stressful. On the other hand, don't underestimate the power of preparation, which enables you to feel a sense of achievement before you even begin your efforts and through your continued success.