Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fitting it all in...making time for fitness

My eyes have recently been open to just how hard most women work. I guess I’ve thought it was just me. That my work takes over my life, my house is messier than anyone else’s, and that there are never enough hours in the day to do what I have to do, much less what I want to do. Other women make it seem easy & blissful.

Even without kids, our lives seem so full. There’s always more I could be doing for the studio. The house always needs a touch-up, if not a whole cleaning crew. The animals always need attention, or cleaning up after. There are always groceries, laundry, dishes, and so many things that need my attention. There’s certainly not time for socializing, getting together with family, or practicing the other hobbies I love.

As women, we have high expectations for ourselves. We believe we have to excel at work, keep a beautiful home, raise perfect children, have a healthful dinner on the table each night, and somehow keep our bodies in top shape! It simply cannot be done.

So, for those women who can’t find one spare minute to join a gym or attend a yoga class, I have the following suggestions:

-Move around more at work. Not everyone can teach yoga for a living, but you can move and stretch at your desk, and get up at least once an hour. Is there a place you can stand up for a while to accomplish tasks?

-Incorporate more walking into your day. Can you walk to work (or ride a bike?) or even to the grocery store? Can you invite a co-worker to walk with you during a meeting, instead of sitting? Every now and then, can you walk to a co-worker’s office, instead of just sending that e-mail?

-Make healthy food easier. Health food now comes in convenience packs! Try pre-cut carrots, broccoli, and other veggies as a snack, or a quick start to dinner. Most grocery stores now have an organic section, with lots of to-go items, such as applesauce, packaged nut butters, and other healthful treats. Keep these things at your home, and at your desk, and you’ll be more likely to grab something good for you.

-Examine your priorities. What are you doing that’s simply not important to your life or your goals? Are you reading too many of the humorous e-mails your friends send? Are you really going to make all those things you’re searching for on Pinterest? Does the house have to be perfect, or will “good-enough” do for today?

Some small changes can really make a huge impact on your life and your health. Choose one way to be healthier, and implement that one little change today. You won’t regret it.

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