When I think about self care, I see it as…
- Making myself a priority
- Focusing on my overall health and wellness
Yes, self care includes pampering yourself but it’s also about your mental and physical well being too. Self care is all about making time for yourself to do things that keep you healthy mentally and physically. With life being busy most of the time making ourselves a priority isn’t always high on the to-do list.
I know a lot of the self care tips I’ve shared have ranged from pampering to doing something good for others, today’s tip is all about your physical health. Yes, today’s tip is to get active today.
Now this may be going to that spin class you’ve wanted to try, doing yoga, pilates, running or walking but whatever it is move your body today.
Doing some physical activity is good for our bodies but also great for our minds too. Plus the endorphins that come after we workout are good for our overall health. As a someone who struggles to workout. I have some quick tips that have helped me to get active and to also be consistent.
1. Start small- If you aren’t consistent with working out but want to get better start with making the promise to work out 2 days a week for 30 minutes. Once you do that then add a day or more time to your workout.
2. Don’t beat yourself up- If you miss a day or a week, don’t beat yourself up about it. Tomorrow is a new day to start again.
3. Listen to your body- For years I was doing a lot of HIT workouts and cardio but it was getting hard on my body (as I’ve gotten older) so I changed my workouts to something that is more inline with where my body is in this season of my life.
4. Enjoy what you’re doing. Do a workout you will enjoy and it will never feel like a workout. If you love walking or thrive when you go for a run do it. If you love yoga or Barre, go for it. When you love your workout it’s so much easier to workout and you’re more likely to stay motivated.
5. Don’t get too focused on results. The moment I stopped worrying about my weight, inches, muscle definition etc., I enjoyed my workouts more. I reframed my purpose and thoughts and told myself we’re working out to be healthy this helped me not to get down on myself if my weight stayed the same for weeks. The results will come give it time.
I hope that you find some time to get active this weekend, and that these tips can encourage and inspire you to make getting active another thing to include in your own self care routine.