Be Selfish with your Health

I was speaking to someone yesterday about taking control of their health, and understanding the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. As the conversation continued, I got straight to the point and told them, "just be selfish!" When it comes to your health, it's okay to be selfish. No matter what people tell you, you have to take care of YOU! If you're someone that caters to everyone's needs, you run behind your children every day, you run a successful business, work duties try to follow you home, and your schedule involves a party of 2 or more, I'm BEGGING you this one time, be SELFISH! Here's why....

Being selfish

makes you a better person!

When you drop everything that you have to do for everyone else, and take a moment to eat a healthy meal, take an exercise class, or go for a walk, you'll feel 100% better! Being active and eating healthy can alter your mood, and prepare you for your daily activities. Exercise is a stress reliever! If you've been on the go for some weeks now, without exercise, you're probably a bomb ready to explode at this point! Relieve the stress and the workload, with exercise. There are plenty of times where we are waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I know, I've been there, and I can learn from this post too! That waiting time can be very useful, and we don't even know it. Here are some scenarios that I'm sure you can relate to:

  • When you're getting an oil change (if weather permits) - Walk a few laps around the parking lot until it's time to go.
  • When the kids are in basketball practice - Walk a few laps around the gym court, or visit the fitness center (if they have one).
  • Have the day off, but you're snowed in - Push the couch back, pop in your favorite workout DVD, and MOVE!
  • Watching your favorite TV show at night - Prep your breakfast and pack your lunch for the next day (the show is probably an hour long, you have time!).

Protect your well being!

Like they say, "your body is a temple." Let's make it our priority to protect our temple, and do what's best for us, in order to be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. Refocus and reevaluate what you're currently doing. Be a little more attentive and cautious of the things that cause you to make unhealthy choices, and cut back! We often tolerate more than we should, which can cause many health complications. So let's not take on everyone's load, and forget about our own personal load. Do you need help breaking those habits of forgetting about you? Check in with a health coach or personal trainer, to help you take control of your health!

Challenge: Spend 20-30 minutes each day meditating or exercising. You can also set a "ME TIME" alarm on your phone, to get you moving!