Getting ready for summer involves a lot of things; making sure you have enough sunscreen, planning trips, buying swimsuits, preparing for outdoor barbeques. The one thing we often forget is to prepare is ourselves.
Being healthy and fit involve a level of selfishness and people often get caught up in caring for other people. (There is nothing wrong with that) But, by not taking time to care for ourselves, we do have an effect on those around us. No one wants to feel tired, worn down, and abused. So this summer, I propose we all plan for some alone time. Head to the gym, put on your headphones, and remember that you are important. Here are a few things you can do to improve your quality of life.
1. Start your morning with a short burst of cardio. - It doesn't
have to be intense, or long. But there is nothing that will wake up your
mind and body more that getting your flowing first thing in the
morning. Running up and down the stairs, jogging around the block, doing
jumping jacks while you watch the news. It doesn't matter what you do,
just be active for 15 mins right when you get out of bed and before you
eat your breakfast.
2. Start your day with a hearty breakfast. - Never underestimate the fact breakfast is the most important meal of your whole day. Whoever said that first was either a genius, or didn't know the power behind his words. This will set the pace and energy level for the rest of the day. Don't be stingy, eat healthy and eat up.
3. Take personal breaks throughout the day. -Exhaustion comes from a whole combination of things. But it all leads to the lack of taking a break between tasks. Sit down, breathe deep, and focus on nothing. The more you flood your mind with whats on your to do list, the less you let yourself focus on you. It's a lot easier to organize your mind when its not constantly moving.
4. Schedule your Gym time before the week starts. Most of us have good intentions when it comes to getting your exercise in, but our lack of planning allows for us to let interruptions in. Something will come up. If you are not planning on going till the last minute, you will always find a valid (or not valid) reason for putting it off. The more you respect your own time, the more other will respect it as well. Most of those last minute interruptions will start to look like they can wait and don't need your immediate attention.
5. Listen to your body. If you are physically or emotionally drained. If you are sick and recovering from a cold or other bug, REST. Exercise is good, don't get me wrong. You need to remember to let yourself properly heal before pushing yourself. You will lengthen your recovery time if you get back to it too soon.
Your ability to care for others greatly depends on your ability to care for yourself. Too many people work around others schedules.
It's time to truly prepare for an enjoyable summer !