As a personal trainer and weight-loss coach, Stephanie Mansour has nearly 15 years teaching people how to create better habits and reach a healthy weight. She’s perfected these habits and created shortcuts to make being healthy less time consuming. These are her hacks to help make prioritizing your health easier.
- Cook for a crowd, even if you’re eating alone- Most of us don’t have the time or desire to cook three nutritious meals every day, so Mansour recommends cooking extra servings when you do prepare a meal, so you have leftover beans, veggies or quinoa to use for future meals.
- Pre-schedule workouts for the week- Put your workout on the calendar and treat it like a work meeting or doctor’s appointment so you’re more likely to follow through and do it.
- Go frozen- Cleaning and chopping veggies and fruits can be a chore, so save yourself time and them buy frozen, plus, they’ll last longer, too.
- Have meal-prep and a movie Sunday- Don’t want to spend your precious weekend time meal prepping? Pair it with something fun, like watching a movie. Mansour suggests pouring a glass of wine or a cup of tea, playing a movie or show you’re into and chopping produce as you watch. You’ll get relaxing “me time” to wind down your weekend and you’ll be setting yourself up for a healthier week ahead.
- Combine cardio and strength training into one- If you only have 30 minutes and want to burn calories and get your heart rate up and also tone your muscles, she recommends combining them into one workout. Speed walking while carrying light weights or HIIT workouts that include body-weight exercises, like squats and planks, will do the trick.
- Workout in the bathroom and kitchen- Mansour recommends using the time you’re getting ready in the bathroom or cooking in the kitchen to squeeze in some exercises. A few short bursts of activity while waiting for the coffee to brew or the shower to heat up can add up at the end of the day.