13 Feb Exercise & Health – It’s a lifestyle choice
Take a moment to think about your typical day and how your health comes into it. Do you leave it until the last possible moment to get out of bed and grab breakfast on the go, if at all? Maybe you have kids? When you get home at night your time is filled with making dinner, spending quality time with them and catching an hour watching TV?
YOUR IDEAL DAY
Now think about your ideal ‘everyday’ day. If you have specific goals such as wanting to eat more healthily or do a little more exercise, how would this look in the context of your ideal healthy day?
You maybe envisage yourself like this:
- Waking up after a great night’s sleep, calm and happy
- Eating healthy food that’s pre-prepared
- Picking up your gym bag that you have packed the night before
- Breezing from one appointment to the other feeling full of energy and focused
- Looking forward to your training session
That’s my ideal anyway!
I haven’t always worked in a gym. As an office worker, going to the gym and making time for exercise was something I had to schedule into my day. Sometimes that meant getting up early to go to the gym before work. Sometimes that meant making sure I went straight to the gym after work – if I went home first the call of the sofa was too strong!
Due to the fact I worked on an industrial estate where the only food options were vending machines or burger vans, if I didn’t make an effort to organise a healthy lunch for myself, it didn’t happen. To keep myself on track and to save time, I tended to make a bigger portion for dinner the night before and have the leftovers for lunch. Batch cooking/organisation was also a great way to save time and money (and it’s something I really encourage with my clients).
MAKE A CONSCIOUS CHOICE
Working health and exercise into your existing lifestyle doesn’t need to be a massive overhaul, but you do need to put some effort into it – make it work in a way to suit you. You need to CHOOSE to lead a healthy lifestyle. Working with a personal trainer can be a great way to help you get going, especially if you’re not sure where to start. With my clients, I conduct in-depth consultations to meet you where you’re currently at and come up with a plan that you can easily incorporate into your existing lifestyle – with some effort and organisation on your part!
Time is something we could all do with more of, so make sure you are getting the most out of it. A tailored training programme will help you do this, helping you get the most out of your workouts and ensuring that you’re not wasting your precious time doing something ineffective.
- Schedule your training sessions as you would a work meeting, dentist appointment, hair appointment. Make time for exercise. It doesn’t necessarily have to involve going to the gym. Spend some time with your family or friends doing something you all can enjoy. Maybe that could be going swimming, for a walk, five-a-side, or taking the kids to a play park.
- Healthy lunches don’t happen by magic. Meal prep to save money and keep on track. If you buy your lunch from a shop, have a clear idea of what you want to eat that’s in keeping with your goals. This will help save you from getting distracted by the sweet treats.
- Ask for help if you need it! While the internet can be a great resource for tips, there’s nothing like having a professional to talk to. Someone who will help you get clear on your goals, come up with an action plan and who will support you along the way.
If you are lucky enough to have a body that is in pretty good working order and you’re able to exercise, make the most of it.