In today’s society, it can be tricky to achieve a balanced lifestyle. Between the commitments at work and home on a daily basis, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, making it extremely difficult to find the time to exercise and sustain a healthy regime.
As a mother to a two and a half-year-old boy, I know how hard it is to find the time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I personally find planning and incorporating regular Pilates into my week is the perfect solution for the mind, body and soul.
Here are my top 3 practical healthy living tips can be easily transposed into everyday life:
- Organise your week ahead: To maintain a balanced family and work life, I need to plan my week ahead. This helps me to keep my household under control, make sure that the shopping for the week is done, that my meals are pre-planned, and the health of my family and myself is in good shape.
- Pack your own lunch: I prefer to take a packed lunch with me wherever I go. Not only is it a healthier option, but it’s also a money saver. The night before, I prepare for my lunch for the following day, whether I make extra food for dinner to take with me the following day, or prepare a salad, sandwich and snacks, this saves me time in the morning before I’m racing out the door. I also carry a water bottle with me every day to keep me hydrated.
- Make time to strengthen your body: Staying physically active is important in maintaining a long-term healthy lifestyle and reducing the risk of health problems. Stretching the body by incorporating an exercise program such as Pilates will help ease the muscles, eliminate any aches and pains, strengthen their posture and tone the body. I recommend a total of 2 ½ hours per week – it could even be something such as swimming, walking, running. It doesn’t need to be an overly physical workout, as long as you’re keeping the body active, you can achieve positive results.