Is it Time to Start Prioritizing your Health?
Is time to start prioritizing your health?
Sounds like an easy one, right? Wrong! Learning how to navigate what is important to you and taking care of your body, mind, and spirit so that you can be in great health takes work and it takes commitment. But, if you don't have your health, you learn to appreciate when you did have it.
So, let's talk about what it looks like to start being able to prioritizing your health!
What would ideal health look like for you?
Finish the statements:
I would like to be able to....
I would like to feel.....
One thing I would like to change.....
The one thing I am not doing that I know I should be is....
Reflect on these questions
What is your stress level on a scale from 1 to 10? Where 1 is low stress and 10 is extremely stressed.
What is your energy level on a scale from 1 to 10? Where 1 is no or low energy and 10 is your high energy.
What is your nutrition habit like? How many servings of vegetables are you eating in a day? Do you have an adequate source of protein in your diet?
What are your exercise habits like? Do you complete 30 minutes of exercise daily? If that is the minimum standard are you above it or below it?
Make a List
Now I know that all these questions can be exhausting.
But make a list of things you would like to work on improving in no order particularly.
Once you have a list 10 items, go beside each of them and number them from greatest importance being your #1 and important but least important of the #10.
Need Help or Guide in Creating an Action Plan?
A personal trainer or health professional can help you start accomplishing your goals by helping you set specific targets and goals and help you with an action plan. Think of working on your #1 item of importance for a 6-week period before adding #2 on your list.
Here are 3 things you need to do to become successful in accomplishing these plans of action:
1. Be committed - Commit to yourself and to another person that can help hold you accountable for following through with this new action daily will help created a habit. Put systems in place to hold yourself accountable. Whether it is having to pick up a friend each more to go to the gym with you, this creates a system of accountability or whether it takes having a coach to check in with daily. Having a system that creates commitment is important.
Also having the mindset that you will be committed to yourself. Remember a friend who said they were going to be at your birthday party and didn't show up? I do! How did that make you feel? Be that friend for yourself and commit yourself to following through with yourself.
2. Create a Schedule/Time block to implement your new action - What time each day do you plan on implementing your new habit or action? The more consistent you can become with your new action, the sooner it will form a habit or a routine. Whether you like it or not, creating a routine will eventually become tolerable and enjoyable. The human body loves routine. Don't believe me, have you seen a toddler that didn't have his regular nap?
3. Take Small Steps and have Grace. Take small steps in implementing your plan of action. If your goal is to eventually do a one hour walk daily. Start small with small walks to create the habit and discipline of doing something daily. After you get into a routine of doing something daily. It is easier to increase the intensity or the duration. If there is a day you fall off the wagon and miss, give yourself grace and be sure to follow through the following day. Forgive yourself for the previous day missed and start fresh today. It is a new day of course!
Having grace with yourself means that although your aim to meet a daily standard. You simply don't let a one day mistake turn into a week or month long mistake and restart the next day with a positive intention to make today better.
This blog post is written by Fitness Niche's Personal Trainer Stephanie Shewchuk If you enjoyed this blog feel free to add comments below and share. If you would like help on your health and fitness journey. Reach out and give us a call or email.