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5 Ways to Make Caring for Your Health Less Time-Consuming

Your health should always be a high priority. However, it can easily be placed on the back burner when there are so many other things going on. Long workdays, family responsibilities, and the desire to enjoy some downtime all demand your attention. Who has time to exercise, meal plan, and read up on health tips with all of that going on?

Luckily, there are some ways to make caring for your health less time-consuming. This article outlines five of the best ways you can stay on top of your health without overloading your daily schedule.

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1. Order Your Prescriptions Online

Prescriptions need to be refilled often, leading to numerous trips to the pharmacy. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take that trip out of your schedule entirely?

The truth is, you might not have to make a physical run to the pharmacy ever again. There are a growing number of online solutions and providers that can deliver your prescriptions quickly and securely to your home. There are even digital consultations available to receive prescriptions from a licensed physician.

Just imagine how much simpler your life will be just by being able to order your birth control online. No more phone calls and no more pharmacy visits. Automatic renewal and delivery will save you loads of time over the years.

2. Use Telehealth for Appointments

Another healthcare item you can check off your list from home is a regular doctor’s appointment. Telehealth technology makes it possible for numerous appointments and checkups to be done over video call. This can save you a lot of driving and waiting time you’d normally expend during a trip to the doctor’s office.

Let’s say you went into a clinic to get a diagnosis for an illness. Instead of trekking all the way back to that location, a follow-up appointment can be done over video call. There you can report your progress to your doctor and receive additional guidance for recovery, if needed. This can be done quickly and from the comfort of your own home.

3. Incorporate Exercise Into Your Day

Finding the time to exercise throughout the course of a busy day is akin to jamming a square peg into a round hole. There just aren’t many open spaces in your schedule for an organized workout. Instead of waking up an hour earlier, potentially causing more exhaustion, try to incorporate exercises throughout the day.

A simple yet effective solution is purchasing a standing desk. Standing at your computer typically provides better posture and blood circulation than sitting. You’ll also strengthen your stabilizer muscles and burn a few extra calories by the end of your workday.

Look for other little ways you can get some exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Use part of your lunch break to stretch or take a nice stroll. You could even set a timer to get up and do some jumping jacks every hour.

4. Shop for Meal Kits

A proper diet is an essential part of your health. However, just as it is difficult to find the time to exercise, finding the time and motivation to cook can be equally challenging. Putting work in the kitchen after a long day at the office isn’t exactly everyone’s ideal scenario.

Quick meals can remove a lot of time and effort, but you have to be careful about where you get your meals. Fast food can fill you up but lacks the nutritional value necessary for a balanced diet. Meal kits, on the other hand, can be shipped to your door and require minimal effort to put together.

A premade meal kit will contain fresh ingredients, with nutritional balance a dietitian would approve of. You can enjoy a high-quality meal without going to an expensive restaurant or trying to come up with recipes and ingredients on your own. Better yet, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to pull off a fantastic meal with the help of a food kit.

5. Kick Bad Habits

Time for a reality check. A big reason why you’re lacking the time to care for your health is because it’s being taken up by bad habits. By eliminating those habits, you can replace that time with healthy habits that get you back on track.

Taking occasional breaks at work is a good idea, but smoking sure isn’t. Think about what you could be accomplishing during your smoke breaks instead of harming your respiratory system. A 15-minute smoke break could easily become a power walk or a time to intentionally hydrate.

Not all health-harming habits are as drastic as smoking. Bad habits can range from Netflix binge-watching to social media addiction. These habits rob you of your health and time, so make plans and set goals to kick them for good.

Mark down in your calendar the day you start to make changes that benefit your health. Later down the road, take a look back to see how you felt then compared to now. You should be able to notice significant increases in energy, self-confidence, and general health by using these tips to improve your quality of life.

Dorothy R. Ferry

Coffee trailblazer. Unapologetic student. Freelance communicator. Travel nerd. Music fan. Spoke at an international conference about donating magma for farmers. Had some great experience promoting saliva on the black market. Spent 2002-2009 lecturing about basketballs in Pensacola, FL. In 2009 I was writing about Magic 8-Balls in Miami, FL. Earned praised for my work importing crayon art in Hanford, CA. At the moment I'm managing sausage in West Palm Beach, FL.

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