While I'm done with my GMATs, I am currently working on the apps and it definitely can be easy to fall into bad eating habits.
Below are my recommendations on Nutrition & Exercise, hopefully these are helpful
- Purge your place of bad foods and bring them to the office for your co-workers or give it to your friends! This was huge for me because after removing all the candy, chips, etc. it cleared my mind and let me go on a healthier shopping trip.
- Always keep healthy snacks readily available to you. 1 or 2 water bottles in the car and at your desk, peanuts/almonds/trail mix in your car/at work/at home. A cliffbar in your briefcase or backpack. This will help you resist the urge of buying junk food.
Foods you'll want:
- Cliff Bars or something similar. Get a variety of them so you don't get bored. Trader Joes, Fresh N Easy, Target, etc.
- Trail Mix Snack Bags.
- Romaine lettuce (uncut from the supermarkets, they last for weeks if you put some paper towels into the bags to help absorb the moisture). You'll be surprised how much salad you can eat when its readily available and you already spent money on it!
- Get a good water filter if you don't have one already. It'll encourage you to drink more water. If you like flavor, add some lemon or bruise some mint leaves.
- Force yourself to eat breakfast within 20 minutes of waking up. Grab a small yogurt, a fruit, oatmeal, cereal, or make a quick smoothie. Just get something into your system. This was a tip from a personal trainer friend of mine and after I started adopting it, it really helped me kick my daily coffee habit.
I force exercise into my schedule at least every other day so that includes some interval or long distance running around the local park or a visit to the gym for some weights and cardio.
!!! Take your iPod with you and load it up with some podcasts and music.
I vary my playlists to:
- Mellow music (i.e. Jack Johnson, The Fray, The XX)
- High energy / motivational music (hiphop, edm)
- Informative & Good Listening Podcasts (This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Comedy Podcasts, Dinner Party Download)
- Business Podcasts (MBA Podcaster, Harvard Business Review, Start-up Nation)
Generally if I'm working out for 45 minutes or an hour, I'll go through 2 categories of music and switch it up the next day.