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How to Make Time for Health

July 24, 2013

If there is one thing that we can always count on, it’s that we will have the exact same number of hours, minutes, and seconds each and every day. No matter how we use them, or how we don’t, we will never get them back. This is a point that Integrative Nutrition guest speaker David Katz made in a recent article Spend More, Get More: The Currency of Health.

Katz states that the most important investment you can make in your health is time. The more time you spend each day focused on your wellness or expressing love toward those who mean the most to you, the stronger and healthier you will feel with each passing day.

As we all know, finding time for health is easier said than done, especially in the busy age of technology that we live in. At the end of a long day, it is sometimes so much easier to watch reruns of your favorite show and order carryout than it is to prepare a home-cooked meal and take a walk.

 Luckily, there are subtle shifts that you can make that will allow you to live a healthful life even when your days are busy and free time is limited. 

  1. According to acclaimed writer Michael Pollan, cooking is the single most important thing an ordinary person can do to improve their health. Unfortunately, many people have a hard time finding the time to prepare their own meals from scratch. But cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or labor-intensive – just keep it simple and focus on whole, unprocessed foods. Check out this list of 57 Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes and prepare nutritious meals that your whole family will enjoy in 30 minutes or less.
  2. Make an effort every week to let the most important people in your life know how much they mean to you. This doesn’t need to take up a lot of time – it could be as simple as leaving a quick note in your child’s lunch box or texting a friend to tell them how much you care. Of course, you should also try to schedule larger periods of time each week to express your love, too. Unplug from technology to take a walk with your best friend or have dinner with your husband. Spending time on your relationships and giving and receiving love will feed your soul and keep you healthy.
  3. Find a way to love the work that you do every day. Whether you have a 9 to 5 job or you’re a fulltime mom, you spend the majority of your time every day working. Finding a way to love what you do each day is vital to your health. If you love your company but don’t enjoy your job, ask your boss for more or different responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to spend time researching your career options if you aren’t happy with your current situation. You may find that switching careers or furthering your education is exactly what you need to live a happier life.
  4. Fitness should be a priority. This doesn’t mean that we should all be training for marathons or spending hours at the gym. It does mean that you should find at least half an hour each day to get your body moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk home from work, or do an ab workout during the commercials breaks of your favorite TV show.   
  5. Incorporate spirituality into your everyday life. This is a very important step, and one that looks very different for everyone. This could mean that you decide to spend more time practicing your religion, meditating for 10 minutes before you start your day, doing yoga, or even writing in a journal. It is important that you find a way to relax and spend time getting to know yourself though spirituality.

The time that you decide to spend each day focusing on your health and wellness is the greatest thing that you can do for your future. Invest in your health today for an even happier tomorrow.

What do you do each day to focus on your health and wellness?