Healthy woman in kitchen cutting fruit for breakfast.

There are so many elements to being healthy that it can sometimes be overwhelming.

You have to eat right, exercise enough, take the right supplements, focus on mental and emotional health--all of this can be a lot to keep up with along with everything else in your life. Fortunately, there is a way to make some of it simple--create a shortcut. You can mix some of your nutritional needs with your daily exercise routine. Here are a few ways to accomplish this.

Eat a balanced breakfast for energy.

There are a lot of people who skip breakfast or grab something easy so they can dash out of the door. This is a mistake because eating a balanced breakfast can give you the energy you need to power through a workout. It can also help you burn more carbs and calories, making your workout more effective.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that people who ate breakfast before exercising in the morning had a higher rate of metabolism than those that didn't. Not eating breakfast before exercise is essentially doing an inefficient workout. If you want the maximum benefit from your workout, eat a healthy breakfast, even if it's something simple like fruit and yogurt.

Consume protein supplements.

Consuming protein before or after workouts is a great way to combine nutrition and work out efforts. Protein is like a super substance and most people think that only bodybuilders or powerlifters consume protein in conjunction with exercise. However, anyone can benefit from mixing protein with daily exercise.

Protein is essential in helping your body recover after intense workout sessions. Most people can get the recommended daily amount of protein from eating a balanced meal, but a lot of people don't eat balanced meals. On top of that, when you workout, you need more protein. Consuming supplements ensures that you get all the protein you need. You can take protein before or after workout sessions, but it is more common to take protein after your workout.

Time your meals to burn the most calories.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack is usually touted as the best eating schedule, but there are certain times of the day where you would burn more calories--namely after a good workout. If you eat your higher calorie meals after your workout, you'll burn more of those calories. For example, if you refer back to the first tip, eating something healthy for breakfast can give you energy, but you don't necessarily have to eat a full breakfast before you exercise. Try something simple like a muffin and then eat a full, balanced breakfast after your workout.

Another consideration is the fact that people tend to burn more calories when they lift weights first than when they do cardio. This is due to Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). EPOC occurs because your body needs extra energy to repair your muscles after a weight-lifting session. Therefore if you time your highest-calorie meal after your weight lifting workout, you'll burn more of those calories.

Keeping up with nutrition and workouts doesn't have to be hard. There are a lot of elements to having a healthy lifestyle, so it is understandable that you may want to take a few shortcuts. If you combine the nutrition and daily exercise into one concept, you'll have more time and mental energy to focus on other aspects of your health or your life. This way you can keep your routine and keep your sanity without having to cut corners for your health.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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