07-07-15 | MIND | happiness |

Busy life? 5 tips to eat and move better!

No matter how busy your life is, it’s extremely important to devote time to taking care of your health. We are no machines, and although it might seem hard to manage a healthy lifestyle and a busy schedule: your busy life will actually benefit to the max if you put more importance on your health. Today I’m sharing 5 tips that helped me to achieve and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in my crazy agenda. 

Improving your health requires focus on two things; 1. eating healthy and 2. workout and be active. Ever since I started to improve my health, it seems like it got easier for me to live with a busy agenda and be active all day – every day. The benefits of eating healthy and working out are remarkable! You’re energy level will get a boost, you’ll sleep better, be more productive, reduced stress, a positive self-esteem and overall: a better mood in body and mind.

Of course improving your health doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, discipline, involves making small changes to your daily routine and patience. So when you’re having a busy life, you’ll probably think there’s no way for you to realize a healthy lifestyle? WRONG! You can. Myself, I have a fulltime job, am a fulltime blogger and owner of Foodie-ness, follow a traineeship program and workout 5-6 times a week. Today I want to share 5 tips that helped me to eat healthy, workout (efficient), perform to the max and most important: be happy!

5 tips by Carolina:
1. Shake up your wake up with: healthy breakfast.
Kick start your metabolism first thing in the morning with a healthy meal for breakfast. Boost your energy, focus and concentration.  Read here how to jump start your body with breakfast and try some of my recipes to find a breakfast meal that will fit into your busy morning.

2. Meal prepping!
Meal prep is KEY for busy girls to reach their body goals. Two reasons; 1. By prepping your meals you will save yourself time during your busy day. You can eat whenever there’s free time and refuel your body and mind. 2. Eating a healthy meal can be difficult when you’re job or school restricts you to options near by. Bring your own meal and the chances to eat junk food will decrease.

3. Eat small meals 6 times a day
For me it’s much more easy to fuel my body regularly with 6 small snacks/meals compared to 3 large meals. I’m not fast in eating and thus it’s time consuming. By eating multiple times during the day your body will maintain a steady amount of energy, your brain will get a constant nourishment and your metabolism will run all day to the max! Taking a 10 min break between meetings for a small healthy meal makes me perform full power AND contributes to realizing my body goals.

4. Incorporate quick workouts
Ok, so after finding yourself a way to eat healthy it’s still important to workout and live active each day! Make your workouts a priority and schedule time for it. Though some jobs make it impossible to be flexible in time management there’s a solution called: HIIT! Read here how I incorporate a morning HIIT before work. It won’t take you longer than 25 minutes AND will help you to burn calories like a rockstar! After a morning workout you’ll feel completely energized to get your day started and blessed that your workout is done already.

5. Plan to be a planner!
A goal without a plan is simply a wish. No matter what type or size of goals you have, planning ahead of the curve is crucial in order to be successful. Especially if your life is busy, you have to plan all your activities in order to keep up and multitask. Be specific in your goals and plans, prioritize them and don’t forget that there are 7 days in a week: time management. Be proud of yourself each day you finished all your action items (breakfast, meal prepping, morning HIIT.. ha ha) and are one step closer to a healthy, happy (and busy) you!

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  • Rou

    Super fijne tips. Tnx! Ben wel ontzettend benieuwd hoe je agenda er uit ziet en je je dag indeelt. Zou heel fijn zijn wanneer je daar wat meer over zou kunnen schrijven. Veel plezier op je vakantie!

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi there Rou!

      Ontzettend bedankt voor je berichtje en wat fijn om te horen dat de tips handig zijn voor jou 🙂
      Wat een leuk idee, ga ik doen! Een doordeweekse busy day, zoiets?

      Fijn weekend alvast en veel liefs,
      Carolina.

  • Laura

    Hi Carolina!

    Kun je misschien schrijven over meal prep en uitleggen hoe je dat precies doet? Ik wil dat graag doen, want nu maak ik mijn maaltijden altijd de avond van te voren..
    Want is het wel goed dat je dan bijvoorbeeld op zondag alles klaar legt voor heel de week en dat dat ook zo lang goed blijft in de koelkast? Ik zou het echt handig vinden als je hier iets over kunt schrijven en hoe jij dat doet bijvoorbeeld! 🙂

    x Lau

  • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

    Hi lieve Laura!

    Bedankt voor je berichtje en wat vind ik het leuk om te horen waarmee ik je verder zou kunnen helpen 🙂 Ik snap je probleem en zelf maak ik ook niet alles op Zondag klaar voor de hele week.. het moet wel lekker en leuk blijven!

    Ik zet je verzoek op mijn to-blog-list en je zal het online zien!

    Fijne dag!!

    Liefs,
    Carolina.

    • Laura

      Super ! Dat zou geweldig zijn! 😀

  • Nadine

    Super tips ! Hier zat ik de laatste tijd mee ..(te druk-> minder sporten -> slechter eten ) Thanks ! Ik vind je blog echt geweldig

    • Carolina van Dorenmalen Post author

      Hi Nadine!

      Wat balen dat je even een motivatie dipje had, maar weet dat iedereen hier wel eens last van heeft. Ik ook! Het is de truc om door te zetten, geduld te hebben en vertrouwen!

      Super leuk om te horen dat je de blog leuk vindt, makes my day! 🙂

      Zet hem op en hou VOL!! You got this 😉

      Liefs,
      Carolina.

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