If you could buy another hour for each day, how much would you pay for it?
Personally, I would definitely pay a premium price for another hour each day. Think about all of the things that could be accomplished with an extra hour! An extra hour could be used to sleep in, meditate, study, read, spend time with family or complete items off of the never-ending task list.
Unless we can somehow alter the Earth’s speed of rotation, an extra hour each day isn’t coming anytime soon (and think about all of the clocks we would have to re-design!). So instead, we have to find ways to conserve time, or redirect it so we can have enough time each day to do the things that we want to do.
Here are two ideas that may help.
I previously wrote an article on some of the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting (IF). I practice IF daily, using a 16-hour fast, 8-hour eating protocol each day. While there are potential benefits to avoiding food and calorie intake for a period of time, I have also had the additional benefit of saving time by not needing to prepare food as often. In the morning, it previously took me about 20 minutes or so to prepare breakfast. It took time to heat up the toast, spread peanut butter, cut fruit, eat breakfast and then clean up! Because I now skip breakfast, I have this additional time in the mornings to use as I will.
Because I only eat from the hours of 2pm to 10pm, I have also noticed the additional benefit of not feeling like I have to eat at 6-7pm every night. I didn’t realize that this is a prime time to get things done for me. In the summer, this is a great time to get outdoors and workout or tighten up the yard. During colder months, this would be the best time for me to read or study since I’m not yet too tired. When I eat at around 9:30pm, things are more relaxed, stress is lower and I can enjoy a nice meal, which also helps me sleep better that night.
If you have not tried intermittent fasting, don’t be afraid to. Yes, the first few days can be a bit rough as your body’s “food hungry” hormones adapt. But in the end, you will feel less tied to eating times and feel free from having to eat multiple times per day.
High-Intensity Interval Training
“Everybody knows” that I am a huge supporter of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The medical benefits of HIIT training are continuing to show up in research journals, and evidence of its power to assist weight loss and improve exercise endurance are rampant.
HIIT is great because it focuses on exercising at a high intensity, but for a shorter period of time. So, a 20-minute sprint workout routine, can have just as much benefit, if not more benefit, than a one hour jog. In addition, you will save 40 minutes of your day using HIIT workouts! Even better, you don’t even need to waste time choosing a HIIT workout routine thanks to the many available on this site 🙂
Take Home Point
You do not have to sacrifice your health or the quality of your diet or workouts if you incorporate intermittent fasting and HIIT into your daily/weekly regimen. Intermittent fasting is a promising approach to eating that can save you time and likely boost your overall health. HIIT has fairly strong evidence touting it’s potential for overall fitness. Incorporate both, or just one, and notice how much more time you have bought yourself each day 😉