Back-to-School Means Back-to-Health

Back-to-School Routines

Getting Back into a Healthy Routine

It’s back-to-school time and that means, for many people, it’s back to settling into routines. This doesn’t just mean setting schedules for your children’s school activities; this can also be a time to refocus and get back into a healthy routine for the fall.┬áSummer vacations, family outings, and special events can make getting into a routine tough during the warmer months, but back-to-school time is the perfect time to focus on a healthy schedule.

Of course, this is a very busy time of the year, so you’ll need to do some serious planning. Here are some tips.

Plan Your Meals

While back-to-school time is certainly a great time to get organized, it’s also jam-packed with activities. You’ll have a lot more classes, events, and schedules to pay attention to, so you’ll need to do some planning. One area where it certainly makes sense to plan is with meal times. When people are busy, they’re more likely to eat junk food or fast food instead of healthy and nutritious meals. Sometimes you might feel like you’re too busy to even eat at all! Of course, this isn’t healthy. By planning your meals (and even preparing some aspects of them) in advance, you’ll be much more likely to have nutritious meals every day, and you won’t feel as frantic or stressed.

Prioritize Sleep

Most of us need to get more sleep. This is especially true during the stressful back-to-school time. You might be tempted to sacrifice sleep to get a bit more time to handle your busy life, this isn’t a good idea. When you’re tired, you’re less productive, less alert, and more stressed. That’s why it’s important to prioritize sleep. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

Schedule Exercise

Exercise is another area that people struggle to fit into their schedules during the busy back-to-school time. Most people should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. However, if you can’t manage to find a solid 30-minute block in your day, aim for several shorter exercise breaks that add up to 30 minutes.

Find Some Family Time

Spending time with your family is good for you. While it can be tough to fit in family time while you’re running errands, attending soccer practice, and making sure everyone does their homework, it’s certainly worth trying to find some time to get the whole family together. Try combining exercise time with family time! Head out for a walk with the family, or go to the park and play a sport together. This way you’ll get in shape while also having some quality time together.

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