Now that you work from home, you can save a significant chunk of the time you lost during commute time per week. If you think about it, most people save an average of an hour to two hours a day by not commuting 5 to 10 hours a week or 260-520 hours a year – yes, those are big numbers!
Now that you can cut back on that wasted time, you can spend many extra minutes each day spending time doing other activities that are better for your health and well-being – so it’s a huge plus!
Whether you’re attending a workout class, spending time meditating or doing yoga, sleeping, journaling, or just making time for family and friends, you can take advantage of that extra time to make each day more meaningful and productive. Here are two great ways to spend that commuting time in the car or on public transport and use them to better serve you in your health and wellness endeavors.
Preparing the meal at home
You can use this extra time to prepare meals at home for your week so that you have healthy and satisfying meals on hand to keep your diet under control and simplify your meals.
Additionally, it is a great way to budget in the store, as it reduces waste for better use of your ingredients in various meals and snacks. You can take an extra hour or two after a Monday morning or evening to cook and divide your meals and snacks for the rest of the work week. Make egg cups, freezer juice packets, and bulk amounts of soup, for example.
Cook breakfast and sit back to enjoy it
You usually rush out of the door in the morning to hit your bus or to beat the traffic, but you can now sleep a little longer and even set aside enough time to prepare your breakfast and sit at the table to enjoy it. You can make eggs, yogurt, a bowl of oatmeal, or some toast with avocado and toppings.
And even if you already have breakfasts ready, like chia seed pudding overnight ready to go, you can eat it carefully at the table and read a newspaper or chat with family members before you start your day.
Cook dinner and relax
Instead of eating out or ordering after a long drive home from work, you can spend time in the kitchen to cook a healthy meal or learn a new recipe. This is a great opportunity to work on clean eating and make time to “spend time with the family” at the table to enjoy a homey meal together. Or you can go grocery shopping after work and spend some time browsing the aisles looking for ingredients that you need or those you might be interested in trying, without feeling rushed in the store.
Get an exercise
If you can’t press a workout session before or after work due to your commute, now you can! You can do this in the morning if you wake up full of energy or at night if you are more than just a night owl, take a class in high-intensity repetitive training, go jogging, lift weights, do yoga or even just a brisk walk outside for the fresh air. It will move your body and help you achieve your health and wellness goals.