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“If only I wasn’t so busy, then I could lose some weight.”
We’ve all heard at least one person say this or have said it ourselves. I say it almost every day in fact. It can be depressing to want something so bad but never be able to achieve it. Fortunately, some professionals do have some tips and information about how to make time for a healthy lifestyle even when your work and/or school schedule is extreme.
Lona Sandon, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said in an e-mail that it is common for women to have unhealthy lifestyles.
“Most women come up short on the recommended amounts of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and dairy,” Sandon said. “Only about one-fourth get the recommended levels of physical activity. Working and managing a family can limit the time you have for healthy meals and exercise.”
There are many factors that can contribute to these unhealthy lifestyles at work.
“Sedentary jobs that require women to sit at their desk for most of the day limits physical activity,” Sandon said. “High pressure, high stress jobs may impact healthy lifestyle behaviors. Certainly working long hours or shift work can prevent you from sticking to a regular routine.”
She said being busy is not necessarily an excuse.
“We all have busy schedules but even some of the busiest people find time for taking care of themselves,” Sandon said.
It all deals with motivation.
“Finding the thing that will motivate you the most and setting up your environment to help you make healthier lifestyle choices is the key,” Sandon said. “If you ask, most people will say their health is a priority but few are motivated to do something about it. Also, our home, work, and community environments make it difficult to make the healthier choice.”
She said that a healthy diet can definitely improve mental health.
“A healthy diet has been tied to better mental performance,” Landon said. “We know that people who eat breakfast are more productive and alert than those who do not eat breakfast. Also, certain vitamins and omega-3 fats are important for brain health. A healthy diet will help your body function better and have more energy.”