Take time to treat your body the way it’s meant to be treated.
If you’ve slacked off your exercise regimen during winter and are kicking yourself for it, give yourself some room. Learn to love your body and yourself, and your fitness goals for the upcoming year will be that much easier to manage.
Change what you can
Write down your wellbeing goals – what do you want to achieve and what needs to change? Things like: the amount and quality of sleep you get each night; your diet; and your stress and energy levels. Do these need to change or improve? Then write down how you plan to make those changes. Seeing your goals in print makes it easier to execute them.
Be realistic in all things
It’s difficult to expect yourself to ‘go all the way’ right out of the gate. For instance, if you want to cut out meat or animal products from your diet, it’s easier to do so gradually. Your newfound vegetarianism will come more easily if you allow yourself to adapt gradually to the changes. Is your goal to lose 10 pounds? Twenty? Don’t expect it to happen immediately. All good things come to those who are willing to wait – but also to those who work diligently to achieve them.
Keep in mind, a routine rut is inevitable now and then the course of life, but it needn’t be a permanent condition. You’re human, and most people encounter a rut (or two) sometime in their lives.
It might sound silly, but being good to yourself is critical on the road to change. You’re more likely to stick to fitness or nutritional goals if you realise your self-worth. Make a point of telling yourself daily that you are smart, strong, intelligent, and you deserve respect and the very best you can get out of life.
Love your body
This may be the hardest thing of all! But it can happen with positive reinforcement and sticking to your fitness goals. Again, this is where your journal comes in handy. Do you have a visual of how you’d really like to look? Of course you do! Document it in your notebook. Loving yourself and your body go hand in hand. You have to live in the skin you’re in for the rest of your life, so even if you’re a little out of shape, don’t fret over it. Find the things that already appeal about yourself physically and embrace them.
Pamper yourself with nourishing food
Learn to have a good relationship with food. This means treating your body inside and out with healthy foods that keep all of you at optimum health. Stay away from processed, GM and chemically-enhanced foods. Your body deserves better! Treat yourself to the foods you love, but do it healthfully. Listen to your body and feed it what makes it feel and look good.
Give yourself a break
Are you one of those women who work a strenuous or demanding job, and by the time you get home at night, are too tired to do anything? Or do you bow out of social events because you’re too busy or just too tired? Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to outside commitments. If you’re exhausted, that’s your body’s way of saying, “slow down, I need a break!” Sleep and rest is vital to good health, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Engage in extracurricular activities when you have the energy to undertake them. Pushing yourself when you’re tired only has negative effects on your immune system.
Learn to be your own best friend
You want the best for your body and soul, but the journey has to begin with you. Taking time to be your own best friend is the first step in the right direction!
At Warwick Women’s Workout in Perth, our fitness facility is always open and we’re happy to help you attain your fitness and health goals. Please contact gym manager Michelle Monks and join us in better health. Contact us at (08) 9342 9028.