Today’s post is by Sheila Olson. Sheila is a personal trainer who helps her clients live healthier lives by making small changes to incorporate healthy habits.
Fitness routines are very personal things, and for millions of Americans, it can be hard to keep up with a daily workout due to stress, a full schedule, or mobility issues caused by a disability or injury. You may feel lethargy caused by an inability to sleep well, or you might be coping with anxiety, which can take up a lot of your time and energy. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to balance your fitness and self-care routines; they go hand-in-hand.
Self-care can mean many things, from getting better rest to learning how to unwind at the end of a long day. You might want to overhaul your diet, figure out the best ways to cope with stress, or learn how to say “no” when too many people are asking for your time and energy. Whatever your self-care routine includes, finding a way to maximize it by incorporating fitness strategies can help you feel better, both mentally and physically.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.
Create a Space to Get Active
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who finds it nearly impossible to get to the gym on a regular basis, you might want to consider creating a space at home where you can get active whenever you want. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor; there are several items you can include in your home gym that will keep you fit without breaking the bank. Depending on your space and budget, you could get stability balls, free weights, and a yoga mat, or develop a mini-gym with a treadmill. There are quite a few simple fitness items for your home space that will keep you fit in comfort.
Getting outside can have multiple benefits, from allowing you to work out some stress to boosting your mood and even your memory. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can help relieve anxiety and the symptoms of depression, especially when the sun is out, so make it a habit to go for a walk each day. Take a hike, go to the park with the dog, or get out in the backyard and play with the kiddos.
Motivation can be hard to come by when it’s time to exercise, so it’s important to be your own cheerleader. If you’re having trouble finding the energy to get started, promise yourself a massage or pedicure afterward, or remind yourself how far you’ve come in the last couple of months. This can be made easier by keeping a journal or using a tracker on your smartphone.
Yoga and meditation have long gone together, with millions of Americans finding out just how beneficial the two can be when done properly. From helping seniors with joint pain to allowing stressed-out individuals to better cope with their feelings and relax, yoga and meditation have often been the answer when the question is “How do I balance a workout with self-care?” Because yoga can be done by just about anyone and doesn’t require any special equipment, it’s especially easy to learn and keep up with, making it a stress-free workout that, when combined with mindfulness, can help you relax and feel better.
Learning how to balance your workout routine with self-care can take some time, so try to stay patient as you find out what works for you. Talk to your doctor before starting any new regimen, especially if you are living with a disability or have an existing health issue. With a good plan, you can stay healthy as you focus on your mind, body, and soul.
About the Author
Sheila Olson has been a personal trainer for five years. She created fitsheila.com to spread the word about her fitness philosophy.