When it comes to time, 15 minutes is pretty much the equivalent of pocket change–something easily wasted and rarely appreciated. In fact, it’s easy to let 15 minutes pass and realize that you’ve accomplished nothing at all. (Can anyone say social media)?
If you think about it, there’s a lot you can accomplish in 15 minutes and when you do the math 15 minutes adds up to a world of difference. It’s the equivalent of one hour and 45 minutes a week, seven hours a month and a whopping 91.25 hours a year.
When you look at it that way, 15 minutes a day is HUGE–especially if you chose to use those 15 minutes wisely. That time is enough to make life choices that will have a positive impact on your health and your weight.
Everyone can find 15 minutes in their day to make positive choices that can make a big difference when it comes to weight loss. Here are three of my favorite healthy ways to spend your 15 minutes wisely.
1. Plan Your Meals
If you need to lose weight, chances are pretty good that food is what has gotten you into trouble in the first place. But, food doesn’t have to be the bad guy!
Going into every day with a well thought-out menu will help you come out on top when it comes to weight loss. Take 15 minutes every day to plan what you’re going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. Those 15 minutes are well spent and they may even buy you some extra time later in your day when you don’t have to give a second thought to what you’re going to eat at every meal.
By making IdealShake meal replacement shakes part of your daily menu you’ll give yourself an added edge when it comes to weight loss. You’ll save even more time and get to enjoy a quick, easy and delicious meal that will take you less than 15 minutes to make and will keep you full for for up to three hours. Win win!
Many of us are stuck with the mindset that if we can’t spend an hour working out, it’s not worth working out at all. As a personal trainer for over ten years, I’m here to tell you this simply is NOT true!
Anything will always be better than nothing. And something, even if its something little, can always make a difference. If you’ve got 15 minutes, you’ve got the time to add some healthy habits to your life.
Luckily for you, when it comes to working out, less really can be more. When you only have 15 minutes to exercise, you need to use your time wisely. You also need a workout that hits both cardio and strength training.
Once you start seeing results from your 15-minute workouts, you may want to devote a little more effort and energy to an effective workout program that doesn’t take too much more time. My IdealShape for Life Challenge is a free 15-day program that comes with daily workouts which can be done from the comfort of your own home!
3. Take a Time Out
While it sounds like something reserved for naughty toddlers, everyone needs a time-out every once in awhile–preferably every day. It gives you the chance to think, reflect and even recharge your batteries.
When it comes to weight loss, time spent by yourself can be incredibly helpful. It gives you a chance to reflect on your journey and see how far you’ve come. It also provides you with the opportunity to thoughtfully set new goals with realistic timelines and expectations. If you want to use your alone time to aid your weight loss, consider trying some of the following:
- Find your why.
- Check in on the social media personas that uplift and inspire you in your journey.
- Set S.M.A.R.T. weight-loss goals.
It’s About Time
It really is about time to take control of your life and start making the little changes that will add up to a big difference. I promise you, everyone can find 15 minutes!
It’s the perfect place to start and takes just enough time to make you work without overwhelming you. And pretty soon those 15 minutes will turn into the hours, days, weeks and even years that will help you lose weight and get healthy in no time at all.