You get home early and have a few minutes to spare before the family gets home. We all have breaks in our days. And most of us fill those minutes with time-wasting activities. We want to lose weight, but we claim we’re too busy for healthy habits like cooking or exercising. Why not shift our habits and see how much we can really accomplish?
Instead of doing what most of us do with those five minutes – check the email, scroll through social media, or watch five more minutes of that TV – you can choose one of these healthy habits and fit them easily into your life.
Take this list and start making use of your wait time. Some you can do anywhere, while others are perfect for downtime at home. But you can do them all in five minutes or less.
1. Chop vegetables (carrots, bell pepper, celery, cucumber, zucchini, onions). You’ll have dinner prepped or healthy snacks whenever you want.
2. Portion out nuts in small containers or plastic baggies so you can have quick and healthy snacks ready to grab.
3. Cut a lemon or lime and put in the freezer so you can easily add a wedge to your water bottle. It will get you drinking more water and adds flavor to it.
4. Go through your fridge or pantry and pull out anything outdated or unhealthy. Trash it or put it in a bag to give away. Pull the healthy food to the front. Five minutes is better than nothing and will make a big difference!
5. Write your breakfast, lunch or dinner plan for the week. This is good cause it gives you a clear image of what you need to eat.
6. Write a grocery list. You will save time at the store and be much more likely to avoid junk food if you go in on a mission.
7. Push-ups, squats, push-ups, wall sits, and so on… All of these exercises are hard but don’t take long to be effective. You won’t get too sweaty from five minutes so don’t worry about your work clothes.
8. Pull out your phone and track your food for the day on a fitness app like MyFitnessPal. Be honest and assess how you’re doing, cause that’s the only way how you can improve.
9. Text a friend and make a date for a run or yoga class. Then stick to it, don’t just leave it for another day. If the other person can’t make it, you should still go out and run or have a walk. Maybe even listen to some music to keep you company.
10. Make smoothies. Maybe you have to leave the blender in the sink to clean later, but you can make it! Drink it, bring it with you, or put it in a mason jar in the fridge for later. When you need that snack or breakfast and remember this is waiting for you, you will be loving yourself! My go-to favorite: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup leafy greens, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon almond butter or 1 scoop of non-soy, plant-based protein powder. Blend and enjoy.