Do you have times throughout the year where you are just not excited about your health and well-being? I have times through the year, every year where I am not as motivated with my exercise or to look after myself in general. I call these my veg periods. I think it is important to sometimes have a break. We say that with lots of things in life and sometimes I have a break from my health and well-being. In saying that, I don’t mean I just lie on the couch and eat cheese and bacon balls all day. It just means I am not as vigilant and am a bit sloppier in my overall exercise and eating.
In saying that the main point is that I make sure that those times are only very short periods of time. Like a week or two at the most and then it is always back into it. I enjoy being moderately lazy for a short period but then I really miss being active and how it makes me feel. And that is key to it all.
This is key to getting you excited about your health and well-being. Once you get moving you feel great. You don’t have to be running marathons, or sprinting around the block. But incorporating some exercise into your life has huge benefits. We all know the health benefits but when I come back I feel refreshed. Maybe not when it is 40 degrees outside but refreshed in the brain definitely. It feels good to do something and push yourself. You also feel great if you didn’t really want to do it, but you got out there anyway. That real sense of achievement. There are days I don’t feel like running or exercising but I am glad when I get home.
I am no fitness expert, I am just a regular person who likes to look after themselves but I have found a couple of things that get me back into good habits and taking care of myself better.
I have found this app over the years absolutely amazing. Firstly it was one of the few apps that were designed to recognise LOTs and I mean lots of Australia products and foods. It also allowed for our measurements too. This was a huge help that I could scan bar codes and see the products instead of a big fat, sorry we don’t recognise that product. With this app, I was able to track what I was eating every day. You don’t need to become obsessed with what you eat, but I have to say there were some things I didn’t realise had more calories than what I thought. It just made me more conscious of my portion control, and let’s face it. If a pasta the size of the dining table arrives in front of me I don’t like to waste good food. But it made me see how much I was actually consuming and that I could actually cut back not on the foods I was eating but the portion sizing. If you are into you measurements and size it now has the ability to take progress photos and then lets you compare them. It also gives you all the when you are eating good amounts of protein or how much sodium you have had. This is so awesome in understanding what we are consuming and understanding our food better.
My Garmin watch which I received for my birthday has been marvellous. I think it is great you can see how many steps you have walked in a day, it notifies you when you have sat for too long and you can track your exercise through many of their satellite navigation watches. You can even track your sleeping patterns which are really interesting! Basically, it is designed to give you an overall picture of how active you are and how you can improve on that. It’s perfect if you want to get moving and are like me where you sit in an office for days on end.
Whether you are a newbie or an old hand at the exercise gig, for me nothing beats group exercise. It was partly what got me back into exercise originally. There are so many clubs and training options for group exercise these days and I think they really do have their place. Lately, like the last 2 years, I stopped my training and was solely running. 2 years later I am completely bored with just running and you will know that as I wrote about losing my running mojo not long ago. I lacked motivated and discipline but I realised was for me I need variety. I need to mix it up. Recently I have been back into group training. This breaks up my week with different activities both strength training and other cardio so that when I do run, it isn’t what I have done for days on end. It is great motivation too as you meet some great people who are also taking time out to turn up so it can be a bit of fun too. Having other people there might also give you a little kick to make sure you keep turning up.
Sometimes when you have been exercising for a while it can feel like you are just treading water. It is important to set some goals for what you want to achieve as this gives you the incentive to keep going. Whether it be to lose weight, fit into that dress, get toned up a bit or just feel stronger in general. It is important to know where you are going. I often like to reward myself with something, like a new dress or a new pair of runners. My goals presently are to tone up and just feel strong and fitter again. After getting back into my group session and feeling as sore as I have been the last week I know it is doing something! I actually like that I am sore because it means I am working hard and working my muscles harder than what I would myself.
It is so easy to fall off the wagon. Hey, I just admitted it before! But we don’t always stay on track. Sometimes we lose our way and have an off day or off week. That doesn’t matter. The main thing is you get back on and keep going. If you haven’t achieved part of your goal this week, don’t stop! Keep going you just don’t know you won’t achieve double next week. Sometimes that happens. If you only walked for 20 minutes today, hey, it is better than not walking at all. Every little bit counts towards a healthier, happier person.
When we look after ourselves, we can look after everyone else better. When we feel healthy and strong we feel better. I truly believe when I eat well, maintain exercise it changes my attitude and mind set. I feel good inside and out. Adopting small changes in your life can go a long way and you may find over time these become bigger changes. But focusing on a little bit of time to look after yourself is exciting and very rewarding.
Have you undertaken changes in your life to get excited about your health and well-being? I would love to hear about what goals you are kicking at the moment!