It's just another manic Monday. Or is it? The start of the workweek can be painful, but it doesn't have to be.
- Plan Your Meals: Meal planning is a key part of healthy eating. Write down the meals you plan to make for the entire week and all the necessary ingredients. Head out to the grocery store to stock up for the week. Then head home and start cooking. Don't forget about your snacks. It's important to keep healthy snacks in your desk or purse to avoid a 3 PM trip to the vending machine. Consider making meals that freeze well so you can have lunch and dinner at the ready. This will help you avoid drive-thru temptations and save money. You'll probably be surprised at how much you save by skipping your fast food haunts.
- Account for Fun: Fun, relaxing activities, such as dinner with friends or a massage, will keep you motivated during the week. Hit the gym on Monday, go window shopping on Tuesday, take swimming or Zumba classes on Wednesday, and go bowling Friday.
- Work Out Early in the Morning: What better way to start your day than working out? Exercise early in the morning and reap the rewards all day! A morning workout can invigorate you and prepare you for the day’s challenges. Exercise benefits both your mind and your body. So if an early morning workout is not for you, still find time in your day for a quick walk, 15 minutes on the elliptical, or a bike ride.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.