It has been a while since I last had the chance to sit down and write a blog entry. Life has been rather hectic with going back to school to do my MBA, running my practice, band practice, training for the next competition and having a social life. If your life is anything like mine you know how hard it can be to make sure you eat healthy and exercise. Here are some ways to ensure that your health remains priority.

1. Schedule your exercise

Most of us use day planners to make sure we don’t forget what we are supposed to be taking care of every day. Just like we schedule meetings, functions and other events, exercise can be scheduled in. I make sure to put it on my calendar at the beginning of the week so I can plan my days in such a way that training is included. It is less stressful for me and has become a habit.

2. Meal planning

Planning and preparing your meals at the beginning of the week makes life a lot easier. It is so easy to buy something quick and not so healthy when you are hungry and in a hurry but when you already have your food prepared it allows you to eat well without too much effort. As you start preparing meals in advance it might take up some of your time but it will soon become second nature and become natural.

3. Be gentle with yourself

I am a very driven person and can often create anxiety and stress for myself because of the high expectations I have. It is important to cut yourself some slack and allow for some days just to be what they are – you won’t always be able to do everything you planned to do that day. Take it in stride and set your intention of doing better the next day.

4. Do not overtax yourself

This one is particularly hard for me since I feel like I want to grab every opportunity that presents itself. However, I have learned the hard way that it is easy to say yes to too many things and then find yourself not doing any of it well. Find out what makes you feel the most fulfilled and eliminate those things that are secondary in value. Life is too short to waste valuable time on things that are mediocre.