By Debbie McCaffrey
If You Fail to Plan…You Plan to Fail.
As summer winds down and kids return to school, consider taking a moment to ponder your own daily routine. Are you making the choice to take time for exercise, healthy meal preparation and even quiet rest? If the answer to that question is “No,” you are not alone. To effectively live out a lifestyle of health and wellness, it is critical that we plan ahead. Here are three simple tips for planning towards a healthier fall season.
Plan your MEALS!
Be proactive about your nutrition. Pick one day during the week when you typically have some free time. Spend part of that day planning and preparing healthy meals and snacks for the week ahead. The meals can be placed in the freezer and used throughout the week when life feels hectic. When we come in exhausted and hungry at the end of a long day, it is too tempting to grab “convenience food.” Having sensible options on hand is critical when working to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Plan your EXERCISE!
It is crucial to have a plan in place when it comes to exercise. Between work, kids, and the everyday demands of life, it becomes too easy to skip valuable workouts. If you wait to “fit it in” when it’s convenient, it simply won’t happen. Plan exercise sessions into your week and stick to your commitment. Something as simple as planning a walk or a bike ride is a great first step. The important thing is that you have planned it in advance because it is a priority.
Plan your REST!
Perhaps this is the most frequently overlooked element of a healthy lifestyle. Our society values being busy, being involved and being over-committed like it’s a prize to be won. The truth is that one of the best gifts that we can give to our body and our mind is time to rest. Plan your week to include at least a few hours of quiet rest, or make time for a quiet activity, such as reading or gardening. Rest is a great reward for your commitment to exercise and good nutrition!
Taking a proactive approach to wellness is one way to guarantee a healthier mind, body and spirit. Go ahead and pull out your September calendar and start planning for a successful and well-balanced month. And don’t forget, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
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