It seems no matter where we look, people are sick, tired and out of shape. Our busy lifestyles keep us running at the speed of light, and taking time for ourselves just doesn’t seem possible. Constantly, we are tempted with fast-food billboards and radio ads luring us into compromising our diets. The busyness of the day seems to keep us up at night, making everything even worse due to lack of sleep. So what do we do? How do we keep ourselves in the shape of our lives and still manage the busyness? The answer lies in putting your boxing gloves on against your lifestyle. Let’s face it, we are all busy and put off things we have intentions of doing. Sometimes, we have to fight our schedules and agendas and take a step back to organize our life in a manner that can still promote a healthy lifestyle. If it was a perfect world, we would all get up and stretch, do yoga, eat breakfast then head out to work. After work, we would go to the gym, work out for an hour and drive home to have a warm, home-cooked meal full of veggies and leafy greens. Striving to live like this is definitely a great idea, however, making this happen every week is not always feasible.
When busy, I recommend clients to still take personal time. For instance, if you struggle keeping commitments to working out, hire a trainer or find a workout partner. If you’re stressed, but have no time to do yoga, listen to a meditation or nature CD on the way to or from work. Occasionally, treat yourself to a massage when feeling the stress of a deadline, or the kids are getting on your nerves. If time is an issue for eating healthy, pick a day you plan out some quick, 10-minute meals for those weeks when a sit-down meal just isn’t going to happen. Let’s face it, without our health, nothing else matters quite as much. For the next month, commit yourself to a minimum of once per week doing something healthy for yourself. After a few weeks, try stepping it up a notch or two. During the course of a year, you will find you are feeling better and able to do more for yourself than you could ever imagine.
By Jared Anderson