Staying fit is not a matter of looking good, it is a matter of life or death. The healthier a person is, the longer they are likely to live. But it is not just longevity that should be considered, but quality of life as well. People who are healthy generally live happier, fuller lives.
The problem, then, is how does one maintain a healthy level of fitness while also balancing a busy schedule. It is a sad truth that many people simply don't have the time in a day to spend even 20 minutes in the gym, but what alternatives are there?
One of the best ways to keep fit and stay healthy is to simply take the time to walk on occasion. This does not mean a normally short commute to work should be exchanged for a two hour long walk, it only means do not waste time driving when it's not necessary. For example, when parking the car, don't spend time trying to locate a space near the entrance of a building. Take a space in the back of the lot and walk. Doing this everyday will go a long ways towards getting fit.
Sometimes taking the elevator is necessary for the sake of time, but when there is a choice, always take the stairs. Stairs are a great cardio and leg workout, and they are everywhere. Depending on a person's current level of fitness, walking up multiple flights of stairs can be a serious workout, so don't overdo it at first.
The same rule applies even more to escalators. Rarely is an escalator going to be faster than taking the stairs. So cutting escalators out completely will not only help keep a person healthy, it will actually save time.
Another simple way to keep healthy while dealing with a busy schedule is to take a few stretching breaks throughout the day. This does not mean going through a full yoga routine. Just stand up, back away from the computer and stretch the muscles in the legs, arms, back and neck. Not only will this relieve stress, it will help prevent cramping and arthritis. At the very least, make a quick circuit around the office to get the blood flowing again.
It may come as a surprise to some, but cleaning is a topnotch workout. No matter how busy a schedule gets, there should always be some time set aside for cleaning. Not only will this keep the house looking nice, it will get the blood flowing and strengthen the heart. Every schedule can spare a couple minutes, plenty of time to vacuum a room.
This is an easy one, but often times overlooked. During a busy day it is easy to grab a quick burger for lunch. Fast food is certainly quick and convenient, but it's also wreaking havoc on the body. Always eat healthy foods, no matter how busy a schedule gets.
Eating healthy does not require going to nice restaurants and sitting down for a meal, just prepare something at home before work. A nice salad takes only a few minutes to make. Also, don't drink soft drinks. Stick with water when ever possible.
Here is the one everyone forgets. The body and mind need sleep to function properly. Sleeping properly increases alertness, levels emotions and maintains a balanced metabolism. The average amount of sleep needed for adults is 8 hours a night, but times will vary from person to person. A lack of sleep will negatively impact every other aspect of life more so than even a lack of exercise or poor diet.