Sometimes it may feel like other people have bonus hours secretly tacked into their day while yours is stuck in the 24-hour cycle (or even less). So much to do yet so little time!

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For most women today, hectic schedules are a reflection of their typical day. 

It is a constant battle keeping up with the needs of their significant others, pets, kids, career, etc., so much so that they hardly have time for themselves.

Sadly, one of the first casualties of this fast and furious, frenzied lifestyle is our health. 

That does not have to be you. Even with a fast-paced lifestyle, you can still maintain your fitness levels and good health.

After all, you can only make other people happy if you are happy too. All you need to achieve this is a few smart decisions.

So here are five tips to help you stay fit despite your busy schedule

Healthy breakfast

Eating a well-balanced, healthy breakfast assures you of sustained energy levels and higher concentration throughout your day. 

In the long haul, it also helps in weight management and lower levels of some of the lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.

How? Breakfast jump starts your metabolism early and keeps it going. Consequently, your body optimizes its fat-burning potential leaving you feeling energized.

Equally important is that a healthy breakfast will help stave off those hunger pangs and low glucose levels.

Consequently, you will realize that you no longer crave junk food during your workday. 

Low glucose levels due to skipping breakfast may also cause you to overeat later on in the day. 

A good breakfast should be rich in vitamins, protein, and fiber. Avoid deep-fried foods and heavy consumption of carbohydrates as much as possible. 

Overall, it is easy to make healthy food choices while on a full tummy. Consequently, taking the proper breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your nutrition for the day.

Healthy snacks

Some people are more prone to snacking than others. 

No matter which lot you fall under, we all appreciate a snack or two once in a while. 

However, most snacking decisions are made in the spur of the moment, meaning not much thought is put into them.

And it is easy to see why. Often, we are tempted into believing that due to a snack's small quantity, it does not matter much to our fitness program. 

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Some of these seemingly ‘small’ snacks pack a lot of empty calories and sodium, making them not only nutritionally deficient but likely to result in weight gain.

It is thus essential to plan for your snacking needs.

For ladies, it is easy to incorporate a healthy snack in your handbag or rucksack.

Examples of healthy snacks include nuts (such as peanut, walnuts, pistachios, and almonds), dates, grapes, whole-grain crackers, Greek yogurt, bananas, and carrots.

Avoid high sugar and high-fat snacks at all costs.

Hydrate

Constant intake of clean water helps your body stay hydrated. 

As a woman in a fast-paced environment, it is easy to lose track of your hydration needs. Yet, the body continues to lose water through sweat and other metabolic functions. 

Water loss is significantly heightened in people who consume a massive quantity of diuretics such as coffee, as they tend to pass urine more frequently.

If our water tanks are kept low, it can lead to constant headaches, lowered metabolism, and weight gain.

Also, a constant water supply helps our digestive process, improves our circulation, and keeps our muscles from cramping.

Water can sometimes mean the difference between suffering from bad skin and looking fresh and revitalized. 

It helps our skin rejuvenate and maintain its elasticity.

It is no wonder that women who engage in body exercises and keep their hydration up enjoy supple skin and a revitalized feel. 

Due to the role played by water indigestion, taking optimum amounts of water will also mean you experience higher energy levels as the body can distribute its fuel more efficiently.

Exercise

A healthy dose of constant exercise is one of the most beneficial and wealthiest decisions one can make.

Exercises such as yoga offer a holistic solution to an array of health issues. 

To begin with, you enjoy a revitalized mind, increased strength and vitality, as well as a general sense of wellbeing. 

It is also an awesome way to relax and de-stress. During exercise, the body releases higher levels of dopamine, endorphins, endocannabinoid, and adrenaline. 

These are 'feel-good hormones and compounds that give you a happy, confident, capable, and stress-free feeling. 

They are known to free the mind of stress, with some people even registering less physical pain. 

You can never achieve this cocktail of benefits as efficiently using conventional medicine. 

Therefore, it is best to avoid the onset of disease by making use of such exercises. 

All you need is an affordable gym subscription, and you are well on your way to a healthier, happier, and longer life.

Proper sleep and proper posture

Successful fitness involves a balanced combination of stress (through exercise) and recovery (rest). 

Our rest periods happen when we sit, lie down or go to sleep. 

It is important that we schedule these periods and, while at it, adopt proper posture.

While sitting, avoid slumping or arching your back as this compromises your neck and back.

Instead, use a chair with ample back support and if seated on a desk, adopt a posture that least strains your neck, shoulders, or eyes. 

Your computer monitor, for example, should always be at eye level.

Closely related to the importance of good posture is the need for proper sleep.

The ideal sleep cycle should range between 6-8 hours, depending on your activity level.


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