Photo credit: Pexels
Guest blog, written by Sheila Olsen of fitsheila.com
7 Great Ways to Balance Personal Fitness and Self-Care
Working out regularly is an important part of self-care. However, there’s more to self-care than just checking off your exercise regimen. Finding ways to balance both physical fitness and self-care is an increasingly important objectiveof many people and the fitness industry as a whole. Here are some great ways you can balance your fitness routine with self-care.
Create a Relaxation Regime
Easy things like taking your dog for a walk, cooking something healthy, or immersing yourself in a book are all ways to relax yourself. Try to create this regimen before bed so you can wind down and sleep more soundly. Good, quality sleep will help you with productivity as well as coping with some of the more difficult aspects of your day. Find a roomin your house that can operate as a place for meditation. This can be your own bedroom or another area of privacy.
Evaluate Your Goals
It’s important to enjoy your workouts and to have goals you actually want to achieve and not just because other people have done it. One recommendation for your fitness goals is to give them some serious variety. For instance, if you typically ride a stationary bike or go running, try to throw in some swimming or a little weight training. This can work some different muscles and improve an area you’re not accustomed to working out.
Research has shown that modest dehydration can reduce your peak performance by up to 40 percentin some environments. Drink more water throughout the day, even when you’re not working out. Staying hydrated can decrease bloating and help you function a lot better. You don’t have to suddenly switch to drinking a gallon of water a day; just drink a little more
Get in Some Extra Snoozing
While we all know that being tired can reduce your physical ability, it is also true that exercise can help you sleep betterover time. They exist in a cyclical relationship. Try to darken your bedroom, and find some nice pillows. Noise machines can also help by cutting out any distractions that might keep you awake. If sleep is something you struggle with and you often feel too tired to work out, try to do easier exercises when you’re tired.
Do Recovery on Your Rest Days
According to Greatist, taking a cold bath, drinking chocolate milk, or rolling out your muscles with a foam roller are all scientifically backed waysyou can help your body recovery effectively. Do some stretching and work on massaging those sore muscles. If you work out pretty intensely throughout the week, go easy on yourself and just go for a walk. If your workouts are less intense, then your recovery days can be more active.
Eat Tasty, Healthy Food You Love
Make sure what you eat includes food you genuinely enjoy. If you don’t like salad, you can still eat other healthy food and be happy with yourself. There’s a whole world of healthy food out there that is still delicious; you just have to find what’s right for you.
For the areas of your life you can control, write down solutions to problems and actively work to solve them. For the areas you can’t control (like an injury), try to find ways to accept that you can’t control it and learn how to work with it and make it work to your advantage. Meditation can also help with stress management; you can use simple breathing techniquesto help you relax.
By creating a relaxing regimen, taking recovery days, eating healthy food, and staying hydrated, you can balance fitness with your self-care routine. It’s an important part of taking care of yourself, and you want to be able to keep pushing forward.
WOW!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!!! I just got back from Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within conference. I had no idea the magnitude of change I was walking into. I had been curious about these events for years. This summer I began seeing the posts on Facebook and Instagram, I was definitely feeling the spiritual nudge. I ignored and ignored, like most of us do, and one day, I sent a note to my business coach Gina Johnson and said, “I think I need to go, but not 100% sure”. She of course said, “You’ll know”, and of course in Gina fashion, she says, “notice what you are noticing!” A few days later, she comes back with, “Jump now, because there’s a buy one get one free and your friend Jessica is interested too!” That was my sign, JUST DO IT.
To be honest, I thought to myself, I hope he’s not all EGO (I was judging a man I didn’t even know much about)! Tony Robbins is a true healer, and he’s a master at Coaching! His ability to know the truth, break it down and have you see through all the bullshit is an undeniable gift from God. You can feel the love and passion that comes out of this man. It’s as if he’s there with you personally. There were 12, 000 people from 71 countries and I felt he was working directly with me!!!! That ‘s a gift!
I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. I thought we were going to talk business strategies, some money bullshit and about pushing yourself a bit. OH hell no!!!! It was a major life transformation. He touched every part of my soul! He even had me walk on FIRE!!!!!!! Let me walk you through a teeny tiny bit of what happened, and trust me this is a tiny portion of the whole event. I could write a book on the changes I went through in 4 long days!
As I went into the weekend, I was thinking to myself, do I really need this? I’m good. I have done sooooo much spiritual growth and healing. I’m healed, I’m good, there are some things I need some help with but all in all I am happy. What a joke!!!!!! There are so many layers! He peeled me like an onion, layer after layer after layer. I was brought to guttural screams, tears of pain and joy, releases from every part of my being! And to my surprise, there was a huge spiritual component too. I never imagined that possible in a place like that. We did many beautiful meditations; he talked about connection to grace and the universe. I was blown away. Now I’m in complete state of ecstasy!!! He brings an incredible energy into the room to lift you, to push you, to move you beyond what you ever thought was possible. You are hugging, sharing and high fiving thousands of stranger going through exactly the same thing. Powerful! Jess and I have new friends for life. We are grateful to everyone that touched our hearts especially our new beautiful friends Holleigh and Andrew! Loved being part of their journey at the UPW.
We are given limited breaks to eat, pee or rest! We worked and worked and worked, we danced and danced and danced, and we screamed and screamed and screamed!!!! We would suddenly be told that we had been standing, screaming and working for hours and hours! How was this possible???? That’s the whole point, anything and everything is possible when you get out of the fucken way and are in the absolute beautiful state!!
We learned about our limiting beliefs and spent hours breaking them down until we learned the simple fact that they are complete and utter bullshit! We then discovered and created new empowering beliefs. My old limiting beliefs were holding me back from living the life I know I deserve. You all know I already love my life…so my God, watch out world because here I come. I no longer will live small!!!!! I am a badass and I will have it all. Before this, I had this belief that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t the best at what I do, that I wasn’t ever going to be in the body I deserve, and that I wasn’t loveable! That is so far from the truth!!! I am connected to LOVE in all ways!! I am the best at what I do, because no one does it like me! I am freaking strong and this body never quits! I walked on fire this weekend. I am living in a new STATE. The opportunity will be to keep it going! Which is why I am writing to you. I want this for me!!!! You all help me want to be the very best version of myself! I am putting it out publically, right here right now, because it makes me accountable. Put your truth out there, own it, let people help build you and keep you moving in the direction toward your dreams.
Today Monday November 12, I pledge to you and to myself that I FREAKEN ROCK! To my family, my clients and my friends….I love you and I want this for you too! This new adventure begins right here, right NOW. (Insert the happy dance) If you read all of this, know you too have been touched!!! This is not just for me! Anytime spirit puts me somewhere magical it is my duty to share it and spread the power of love. Everyday I ask God to use me for a purpose greater than I know myself. I want to help guide you, move you into this beautiful state. There is a new fire inside of me, my trust in spirit and my divine team will help me help you……lets unleash your power together!!!!
LOVE AND LIGHT!!!
This was written from my heart with complete passion and conviction. I apologize for foul language, for typos and grammar. Just needed to share it now!