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The balancing act of work, family and recreations is one of the biggest challenges we see in life.
While the introduction of the information age has streamlined many tasks, it has also made it harder to leave the office behind, as we are seeing more people continue working at home well after the average 9-5 day is done.
So, I’m going to give you 4 easy steps to follow to get you balanced.
4 Steps to making exercise a priority
Step 1: ROUTINE – Prioritize “YOU” Time
Step 2: CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS
Step 3: Get someone else to help -How to stay consistent
Step 4: Track your progress – Goal reflection
How to Make Health and Fitness a Priority
Over the years I seen many of my clients find it difficult to prioritize their health and injury related goals.
Prioritizing anything in life can be difficult
A healthy work-life balance can be difficult to obtain, whether its time with family, friends, or just getting some ‘You’ time, we often push the most important things to the back of the list, and make way for the “must” do tasks.
So, when it finally comes to prioritizing new healthy lifestyle habits or a new at home workout, we can often view it as the things we ‘must do’ vs the things we ‘could do’, often leading to our health needs being sacrificed.
So, here are my 4 steps to creating a exercise, life balance.
STEP 1: ROUTINE – PRIORITIZE “YOU” TIME
There is no easy way to say this, but it’s going to take work.
Balance all aspects of life is probably one of the most difficult things we face on a day to day basis.
The introduction to new technology and information has made our lives infinitely easy, but not without its trade-offs.
As a busy parent, business owner, I too know the struggle and stress of allocating time. But it is possible.
So often we will see exercise and say “I don’t have time”, but then find ourselves picking up additional work, activities, or just watching TV for 3 hours a night.
While I understand it is important to do these things to, but exercise must be added to that category to allow it to be prioritized.
By making it “YOU” time, you’ll begin to see it as time to yourself to unwind, get some space from the kids, your partner or the kids and reconnect with yourself.
Now, these are the steps to prioritizing a daily workout routine:
STEP 1: Decided what form of exercise you want to do and how frequent
STEP 2: BLOCK out meeting slots for exercise as “YOU” time
STEP 3: Stick to those times
Like any meeting, if they are missed you need to make it up or make a conscious effort to make time and get it done, this is no different.
However, unlike a meeting, this is about “YOU” and always about “YOU”
Once ‘YOU’ find yourself prioritizing your health, you will begin to notice the decreased stress, increase fitness, better sleep and a greater ability to handle those never-ending daily tasks.
STEP 2: CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS
Exercise is often considered something we “HAVE” to do, not something we “GET” to do.
Our thoughts and the way we think about things can make or break us. If we are to really prioritize exercise and our health, we must actively work to control these thoughts.
STEP 1: Listen to what your saying – Picking up on negative words you use and changing them for positive ones is a great to convert your mindsets
STEP 2: STOP saying “I don’t have time”, start saying “it’s not a priority” – Words are powerful.
STEP 3: START using positive phrases when thinking about exercises like “I get to exercise”
STEP 3: GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT!
By this I mean, get someone else to take over the household and work-related duties.
A small window of 30-45 minutes a handful of times a week is not too much to ask right?
When we plan our “YOU” time, it is important that we can be focused and present at the task at hand. Like a normal office meeting, we need to focus on what we are doing.
Therefore, we must have someone take over so that there are no interruptions while we reconnect with ourselves.
Step 1: Allocate times – the same every week. Routine is a must, here are some of our tips to help.
Step 2: Find someone to take over for 30-45 mins (Partner, kids might have sports training)
Step 3: Have multiple options on stand-by. This will help if your first option falls through
By keeping a routine of our allocated “YOU” time slots, we easily plan to have someone else take over. If these times are set in advance, they will likely become the time you look forward to, as it will be time spent with “YOU” for “YOU” interruption free!
STEP 4: GOAL SETTING – TRACKING AND REFLECTION
Making time for yourself for your health needs can be exciting as you are not only getting a break from the rest of the world, but you are improving yourself with every session.
Setting your goals, and tracking your progress is a great way to show yourself what you are made of.
Often, we don’t take the time to do either and can lose sight of where we are, where we are going, and most importantly where we have come from.
Goals setting and tracking gives us the ability to see how far we have come and be proud of what we have achieved. This will spur us on in our journeys for better health.
STEP 1: Write short-term (1 month), Medium-term (3 Months), Long-term (6-9 Months) goals, make it as detailed as you like. The more specific the better
STEP 2: Track your progress every “YOU” session – monitor exercises, performance, how you felt before and after. Doing this will allow you to better understand yourself. After all its about YOU!
STEP 3: Reflect – Always check-in with yourself, what you have done, and how well you’ve done – as previously mentioned, this will motivate you to keep going.
STEP 4: Re-evaluate goals: Over your journey you will make some big changes, and this is the same for your goals. Reflect and adjust them to suit your current situation.
It takes a consistent and conscious effort to make an exercises, life balance a priority. Our guide has some excellent tips to get you on your way.
Making exercise a priority is a balancing act that takes time and effort.
Just remember that progress in anything is not a straight line. There will be many hiccups, missed or difficult sessions, but by switching up the way we see exercise, we will begin build a better relationship with it, leading to better results.
So, schedule that “YOU” time, find someone to take over, and mostly, be your biggest fan and give yourself that much deserved credit for sticking to it and looking after “YOU”!