Each one of us gets the same number or hours in a day, and when you’re a busy small business owner, those hours seem to shrink quickly. We all know that poor health and stress make business owners less productive, but eating healthy and exercising often get sacrificed first when time is short.
Here are some easy ways to improve your daily health without giving up a minute of work time.
- Take the planning out of healthy eating with a meal kit delivery service like Daily Harvest, Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. Home-cooked food is much better for you, and this removes time spent shopping for and prepping ingredients.
- Commit to watching less TV by switching off the auto-play function on your streaming service. Auto-play turns watching into bingeing, and watching too much TV leads to health problems and shorter life spans.
- Add steps to your day by parking farther away in parking lots. You actually get into the store faster than people who circle around looking for the perfect spot.
- Stretch your phone calls. According to Office Meet Yoga, lying on the floor with the legs extended straight up for a few minutes, “gently stretches the backs of the legs (that get tight from sitting), can relieve mild backache, boosts the blood circulation toward the upper body and calms the mind.” Instead of taking a call at your desk, spend that conversation releasing tension. (You may want to explain this one to office mates.)
- Eat slower and chew more. Research has found that eating slower makes you consume fewer excessive calories because your body has time to tell you you’re full. Healthy-weight people also take 27% more time to chew than overweight people do.
- Eat two small lunches. This curbs the need to snack and makes you less hungry at dinner time. Spanish researchers found that people who do this are 36% less likely to be obese.
- Work on your posture. Proper posture helps your muscular and spinal health and prevents pain and fatigue. It also improves your appearance.
- Replace snacks with raw carrots. These very portable and affordable vegetables are very filling and contain tons of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. They boost your energy, benefit your heart, immunity, blood sugar regulation and digestion, and they improve your eyesight and oral health.
- Smile. Even if you don’t want to. A forced or genuine smile signals all sorts of different rewards in your brain that improve your mental health and stimulate neurotransmitters as much as 2,000 chocolate bars.
- To get better sleep, stop snoozing. Hitting snooze actually has negative effects on your energy because it doesn’t allow you to get back to restorative sleep. Instead, set your alarm for the time you actually have to get up, allowing yourself more time in quality sleep mode, and put the alarm far away so you have to get up to turn it off.
What are your favorite simple healthy tricks?