5 Essential Self-Care Tips for the Fitness-Obsessed
When we get focused on a daily fitness routine, we often find ourselves living with blinders on. While physical fitness is important to any overall wellness plan, it’s not the only thing that matters. You must learn how to maintain proper self-care in all aspects of your life while also devoting your time to your fitness routine. It’s all about balance.
Work meditation into your routine
Anyone who knows anything about working out knows that it’s good for your body to begin each workout with a warm-up period and end each workout with a cooldown period. One way to maximize your total wellness is to add a mindfulness exercise—to benefit the mind and soul—into your routine. Try to do some meditation—whether it be mantras, focused breathing, or other form—after each workout.
Work out with your kids when possible
Busy parents have a hard time finding solo workout time in general, and a lot of the time they are sacrificing family time in order to workout. If this sounds like you, then why not combine family time and workout time by exercising with your kids. Older children can participate in real workouts, such as jogging, swimming, and lifting weights. Younger kids can go on walks, play in the yard, and participate in family game time. The whole family can enjoy something like hiking or gardening. Check here for more family-friendly workout tips.
Treat yourself to a massage
What was once thought of as an indulgence is now universally known as a way to improve your overall wellness. If you’re into fitness, chances are you could use a massage of your hard-working muscles every now and then. That’s a given. But the benefits of massage stretch far beyond relieving sore muscles. Studies have found that massage can be used to help with anxiety, insomnia, joint pain, headaches, stress, and even digestive issues. It’s well worth the money to schedule regular appointments.
Make sure you love your workouts
Putting your head down and powering through workouts that you absolutely hate isn’t good for your mental or emotional well-being. Sure, you can see physical gains from activities that you find miserable, but why would you do that to yourself? There are enough ways to exercise that you can certainly find something that you love. Hate the treadmill? Why not go running with your dog? Play a team sport, join a group fitness class, or buy a bike and go cycling. It doesn’t matter how you get your daily quota of exercise as long as it’s effective and you like doing it.
Don’t forget about food
If you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Similarly, if you are focused on fitness, you may believe that you can exercise your way to perfect health. This is simply not true. Maintaining your everyday exercise routine will mean nothing if you don’t combine it with a healthy diet. For specific resources for coordinating meals with workouts, check here.
But for the majority of us who just want to eat better and give our bodies solid nutrition, the formula is pretty simple:
- Eat a lot of fruits and veggies
- Avoid processed foods and excess sugar
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
- Get your carbs from nuts, beans, legumes, and whole grains
- Choose your meats wisely (fish and lean chicken over beef, for example).
It takes some discipline, yes, but it’s not rocket science.
It takes more than rigorous exercise to be healthy, happy, and emotionally well. For true overall well-being, you must learn how to find a balance. This will mean finding ways to work other wellness practices into your daily workouts as well as finding ways outside of your fitness routine to nurture your body, mind, and family.
Article by Sheila Olson
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