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8 Ways Your Planner Can Help You Manage Your Health

Have you ever noticed that unhealthy habits are woven easily and naturally into the fabric of our lives? Getting out of shape takes no effort at all—it can happen in our sleep, while we’re sitting on the couch, or even while we’re working at our desks. But it seems to take an almost superhuman effort to develop healthy habits that root the bad habits out of our routine. Sometimes it feels like our feeble efforts are pointless.

planner workout2If that describes you, don’t give up. Remember that the efforts you do make have a positive effect on your life, and that small, seemingly simple things can add up to significant improvement over time. Here are a few ways your planner can help you develop habits that become a permanent part of your healthy life.

1. Schedule Time For Fitness

Use your appointment column to schedule your fitness training and keep the appointment. If we simply write ‘exercise’ on our task list, we still need to make time for the workout. But if we set aside a specific time for our workout during our morning planning session, we’ve given our workout a higher priority, and we’re more likely to stick to our goals.

2. Schedule Sleep

Most of the world is sleep deprived. Studies show that consistent sleep improves our health in countless ways. It improves our mental health, our focus, our weight and metabolism, and our ability to fight off illness. It is important that we wake at a consistent time each morning, even on weekends and holidays. That means that it is imperative that we retire to bed at an appropriate time each night. As you schedule time for an evening routine with your family and settle into bed at a consistent time each day, you’ll find that more than just your physical health will improve. You’ll notice a difference in nearly every facet of your life from your weight to your relationships.

3. Track Your Water Intake

We all know that water is essential to life and that getting enough of it makes a huge difference in every aspect of our health. Most of us live in areas where access to clean, fresh drinking water is simple, yet studies show that the majority of us are dehydrated. Getting enough water has positive effects on your weight, your skin, your ability to fight off illness, and even your mental health.

Here’s a simple way to ensure you’re drinking the amount of water you should each day. Draw water cups on your planner pages and fill them in as you drink throughout the day. If you’re a few glasses away from where you’d like to be by dinnertime, increase your water intake.

4. Track What You Eat

Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything we’ve eaten during the day. If you are serious about measuring your caloric intake, it will help to track what you’re currently eating. Your planner makes it easy. Simply write down the foods and snacks you eat in your planner. If you use your appointment time slot for this list, you can easily track what you eat and when you are eating. This can lead to important changes down the road.

5. Schedule Time For Meals and Meal Preparation

It may seem simple, but scheduling your mealtimes helps ensure that you are eating a healthy meal at an appropriate and consistent time each day. This is essential for health. Eating meals at irregular intervals disturbs your body’s ability to metabolize energy. As you schedule your meals, be sure to set aside time to prepare your food. Typically, home cooked food is healthier than frozen meals or foods eaten on the go, but good food takes time. Plan that time into your day and your nutrition will improve.

6. Plan Your Weekly Menu

Create a space in your planner for a weekly menu where you plan what you’ll prepare. Add any essential items to your shopping list to ensure you have what you need for the week. Great meals begin with great ingredients. A little planning will ensure you have those items on hand.

7. Consider our Health and Fitness Tracker

The Health and Fitness Tracker form helps you track your nutrition intake as well as your exercise sessions. Each week, you can monitor the food you eat and the nutritional value of each meal, such as how many grams of fat, carbohydrates, and proteins you consume.

There is ample room to track your workouts, along with summary sheets so you can measure your improvement over time. It also includes a resource of helpful hints and detailed forms that simplify goal setting, planning programs, and ways to track your results.

8. Consider Your Emotional State

Physical health affects our mental and emotional health, but the reverse is also true. There are several ways to improve our emotional wellbeing, from taking part in service for others, to spending time on our hobbies, enjoying time with our families, and time alone. Be sure to schedule these activities in your planner and guard them. Don’t allow other events of the day to crowd them out, because these events are a vital part of your identity.

Noticing a trend? Good health takes time, and there is no better way to ensure you have the time for your health than by using a planner.

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