Almost everyone is busy. The key is to make your health a part of your daily or weekly schedule. If you don’t have time for your health now, you will be forced to devote more time than you want to it later, in the form of doctors visits, prescriptions, etc. Think of it as developing those habits now when you’re young so that is much easier to keep up with in your later years when you will have neither the stamina nor desire to start from scratch. They will already be an ingrained part of your routine, like brushing your teeth.
Also, if you have (or will have) kids, you will do them a HUGE disservice by not bringing them up in an environment where health is a priority. And kids see & take in e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!! What they see you do, they will do.
I did not grow up in a healthy environment and struggled w/ my weight always. Many years ago, I lost about 50 lbs and for the most part have kept it off. How? Exercise and healthy-ish eating. I say “ish” because I don’t follow any particular diet or eliminate any particular food group – I eat carbs, I eat meat, I eat sweets, but ALL in moderation!
– Make friends with vegetables and fruit and include them in some form or other every time you eat.
– Ditch all prepackaged foods and mostly eat real food – ie, food your great grandparents would recognize. Shop mostly the perimeter of the grocery store.
– But that means I have to cook!!! Yes. You do. Set aside one of your weekend afternoons and prep your meals for the week. If you have healthy leftovers in the fridge, you will not be forced to stop for fast food on the way home from work.
– drink a LOT more water than you think you need to; and
– You may as well make friends with exercise now, cuz you’re gonna need it when you get older if you want your organs and bones to keep working and you want to feel good. Find something you like to do – doesn’t matter so much what it is – just move! I go to the gym around the corner from my house at 6 am for 35 mins, 5 days per week, rotating between bike, treadmill and elliptical and always with fun music blasting in my headphones. I hate it (the music makes it much more bearable) but I know I have no choice. Yes, you DO have time, you just have to find it. Before work? Lunch hour? After work? Buy a stationery bike and ride while you watch tv?
– if I did it …. literally anyone can! You CAN do this. No excuses.