Start 2019 with self care! Coach Sheila shows us how!
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Strike a Healthy Balance Between Fitness and Essential Self-Care Goals!
Having a solid fitness routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But if you spend all your time on fitness goals without making time for yourself in other ways, you won’t feel your best. If you feel like something is out of balance, try working on these self-care goals. You may be surprised to discover how easily they fit into your fitness and overall wellness routine!
Self-Care Goal #1: Eat Healthily
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply want to be healthier, getting balanced nutrition is a matter of self-care. Eating right is an essential part of any weight-loss plan, but good nutrition does so much more for you. Whole foods fuel your body, giving you more energy and boosting your mood, whereas heavy foods that are full of “bad” fats can drag you down, making you feel sluggish. Healthy food can even help with pain and illness, such as fermented foods and leafy greens (which are full of vitamin A) to fight off colds.
For many people, the biggest barrier to consistently eating a healthy diet is time. It takes more time to plan healthy meals, shop for ingredients, and cook than it does to pick up convenient foods. One solution is to use a fresh food delivery service. There are several different types of services, from online grocery shopping to having full meals delivered. Besides the convenience of having healthy food on hand, meal services help you stick to a healthy diet because they come with pre-measured portions. They’re also great for introducing you to a variety of new foods. Whether you’re new to healthy eating or simply bored with your current options, this is a great way to shake up your repertoire and keep your meals interesting.
Self-Care Goal #2: Stress Less
Stress is a normal part of life and our body’s natural reaction to being under pressure. Even though it’s normal, stress becomes too much to handle when we don’t manage it in a healthy way. All of these self-care goals can help reduce stress, but sometimes we also need to take some time to be intentional about relaxing our bodies and minds. The good news is that you don’t need an entire day at a spa to experience relaxation. All it really takes is a short amount of time each day dedicated to an activity that calms your mind.
There are plenty of ways to fit relaxation into your routine. If you’re a runner, you may want to do an extended walking warm-up while listening to soothing music or guided meditation. If you go to a gym, see if they offer yoga classes before or after your scheduled workouts. It’s good to soothe muscles after a strenuous workout, so you may want to get a post-workout massage on occasion or take a hot shower or bath. When you don’t have time (or money) for a massage session, consider using a yoga ball to stretch out after your workout. These activities will boost your fitness results and help relax your mind at the same time.
Self-Care Goal #3: Make Time for Relationships
When we’re busy with all of life’s to-dos, we often forget to make enough time for friends and loved ones. Spending time with friends is actually one of the best ways we can reduce stress. Friends make us laugh, they can help us work through problems, and they support our healthy living goals. So, where do you carve out that extra time? One idea is to enlist a friend as a workout buddy. According to NBC News, working out with a friend can help you stay motivated and committed to your fitness goals. Having that accountability partner keeps you on track, and you can celebrate each other’s wins.
The most important self-care goal is to strike a healthy balance. Being fit is about more than just looking a certain way — it’s also about living healthy and feeling your best. Only when you make time for these other self-care goals will you truly be able to achieve that overall balance.
Coach Sheila Olson can be contacted at www.FitSheila.com