How to Find a Spot for Fitness in Your Self-Care Routine

25 September 2019

Are you looking for ways to work out, but aren’t sure how to squeeze fitness into an already full schedule? Being physically active is important, but many of us struggle with making it part of our daily lives. Here is some key information on how you can bring balance to your self-care regimen by incorporating routine exercise in a way that might leave you feeling like you aren’t even exercising at all. 

How do you define self-care?

Sometimes, self-care is a confusing concept. Enjoying a Sunday morning lounging in your pajamas can be part of your self-care plan, just like getting a pedicure might be someone else’s. While everyone’s self-care should be tailored to meet their personal needs, it’s important to engage in actions that support your overall well-being. There are some basics that apply to all of us, and among those are eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising. 

Building Blocks.

You need to feed your body properly in order to have the nutrition for building fitness levels. A healthy diet can help you reduce your risk for health issues such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease; and help you maintain a more positive outlook on life. If you struggle with finding time to cook or even running to the grocery store, consider a fresh food delivery service. If your goal is to lose weight, it can help you via portion control and low-calorie meal options, as well as introduce new foods into your diet so you don’t get bored. You can also invest in time-saving appliances like electric pressure cookers, which can be used to put together a number of healthy dishes without hassle. Among the countless recipes available online, pressure cookers can help you make pot roast, red beans and rice, and even hard-boiled eggs.

Restorative Sleep.

While it may seem like sleeping is inactive, it’s an essential part of the self-care and fitness equation. As the National Sleep Foundation points out, when we sleep, our minds and bodies recover from the day, growing muscle, repairing tissue, consolidating information, and synthesizing hormones. Make sure you get sufficient shuteye so you can enjoy good health and energy, and have a great frame of mind for the daytime. If you struggle with insomnia, try changing your sleep habits. Go to bed at the same time each night, get up at the same time each morning, and keep your bedroom cool, dark, and comfortable. 

Why do we need exercise?

Exercise is more than something you do for muscles and stamina. While those aspects are important, there are several other benefits from exercising as well, such as better life satisfaction, improved memory, and better brain health. In our busy world of rushing from morning until night, many people roll their eyes at the thought of adding one more thing to their schedule, even knowing it’s a healthy choice. You actually can make fitness a priority, as well as convenient, if you reframe your idea of exercise. For example, you can combine ballet and a workout by becoming a Sleek Technique member. There is a free 7-day Sleek trial and the best part is that it all happens from the comfort of your home, giving you zero excuses to forgo exercise.

Slipping in time slots.

Finding room for exercise in an already full schedule is easier than you might think. Turn your lunch break into a fitness break by going for a power walk or making a trip to the gym. Along those same lines, you can turn your commute into a workout by jogging or biking to work. If that’s not feasible, consider parking farther from the office or getting off the bus a few stops early. Fitness Magazine offers time-saving suggestions by doing double duty. Consider adding some gym equipment to places where you spend a lot of time, like an exercise ball at your desk or hand weights by the sofa. If you have extra space in your home—whether for something as big as a treadmill or as small as a yoga mat and some resistance bands—turning it into a mini home gym can keep you from coming up with excuses for squeezing in a workout, and you can still multitask. For example, have your kids bring their homework or arts and crafts to the basement while you put some time in on the elliptical machine. Convenience can make all the difference. If you are starting to exercise as a beginner there are some more tips on how to get going here

Keeping it fun.

Your workout program doesn’t need to be entirely about equipment and formal exercise. Participating in an active hobby is a great way to get fit and have fun. Take dance lessons, spend time gardening, getting back to the earth, go horseback riding, hiking, or canoeing. You can even take dance lessons. You might be wondering how you’ll find time to fit any sort of lesson into your schedule, but you can actually combine ballet technique with exercise via the online live classes and videos offered by Sleek Technique. No matter what physical activity you choose, the key is to make fitness about enjoying your body and your life.

Ensure you include physical activity in your self-care plan, and don’t forget to balance out your hard work with therapeutic chiropractic treatment and massage, which will help your body stay aligned and keep your muscles relaxed. With just a few smart lifestyle changes, create new habits and find time for fitness.

Brad Kause

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