10.5 Ways To Win Back Lost Time

Fitness // 12WBT Staff

Time – we all want more of it, right?! But short of getting a time machine, the next best thing is to be smart about how you spend your time. If you’re looking for ways to save time during your busy week, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got ten (and a half) tips you’ll love!

1. Plan Your Day the Night Before

Make your lunch the night before to save time – and money – the next day. While you’re at it, why not set out your work clothes the night before. There is nothing worse than that 15 minutes of madness when you can’t decide what to wear!

2. Get Out the Slow Cooker

Save time…by going slow. Cooking healthy meals while you’re at work or even asleep? Count us in! Using your slow cooker can be a huge time saver, and is a great way to do a big cook up, and freeze meals for those days you just don’t have time to cook.

3. Exercise in the Morning

It gets the monkey off your back – and it means you can have you workout done before the school and work run begins. No more ‘I have to work late, so I can’t exercise’ excuses! Pack your gym bag or put out your exercise gear the night before so you just have to get up, get dressed, and go!

4. Squeeze in Healthy Habits

If morning exercise isn’t your thing, make an effort to squeeze in healthy habits throughout your day. Whether it be taking the stairs instead of the lift, standing at your desk or doing some sit-ups or burpees between housework, every effort adds up!

5. Easy Post-Workout Routine

On the topic of squeezing in workouts, getting a session in to or from work, or even in your lunch hour is easy with a few essentials. Ladies (and gentlemen), freshen up in a matter of minutes post-workout with face wipes, dry shampoo, and a cooling mist spray to help calm any redness.

6. Prep for Success

When you get home from the supermarket, wash, chop and store your vegies in plastic containers in the fridge. It will save you loads of time, and make it a lot easier to reach for a healthy snack, or whip up a nutritious meal at the end of a long day.

7. Sunday Cook Up

No, we’re not talking about a Sunday roast…do a cook-up at the beginning of the week (we like to set aside Sunday afternoons) to save you time during the week. Pick a few healthy meals to cook, portion out and store in the fridge or freezer. We also like to cook up a couple of batches of whole grains – like brown rice, lentils or quinoa – as a good base for a last-minute meal.

8. Shop Online

Have you discovered the miracle that is online shopping? Gone are the stressful days of walking up and down supermarket aisles! Not only does online shopping mean you don’t have to make a trip to the supermarket, online shopping is quick, easy and can be delivered straight to your door.

9. Schedule Walking Meetings and Catch Ups

Instead of meeting friends for coffee on a Saturday morning, why not meet them for a walk, jog, or exercise class? You’ll be ticking off two things for your day – socialising AND getting a workout in. Also bring this concept into the workplace – instead of meetings in the office, why not suggest a walking meeting, where you and your colleagues can get outside in the fresh air!

10. Leftovers are Your Best Friend

This is especially true if you live or cook alone. Serving size is for four? No worries! Make the recipe, portion it out, then put two servings in the freezer and keep one in the fridge for lunch the next day.

10.5 Join a Health and Fitness Program

Our 12 Week Body Transformation will do the work for you, with weekly Meal and Exercise Plans, Shopping lists and more.  Or if you’re looking for a great time-saving option, Voome is the perfect source for great recipes and workouts.  Healthy living has never been easier.

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