Prioritize Your Health and Wellness
It’s easy to fall off of the fitness wagon. Work parties, events, fun with friends, the Rodeo (lookin’ at you, Houston!)… we all have busy lives and lots of commitments. That’s just the way it is these days.
It’s also easy to get back on the fitness wagon.
Yes, I did just say that. It’s easy. All you have to do is show up.
That’s the first step. Show up to the gym (or decide you’re working out at home). Get a great workout. You’ve already made a step in the right direction! Congratulations!
I have something written on my whiteboard at home that I force myself to look at every day. It says, “prioritize your health and wellness.”
It’s really quite simple. Ask yourself if what you’re doing (or about to do) is helping your health, or helping your wellness.
YES, going out with friends helps your wellness… yay social time! NO, binge drinking while you’re out and slamming late night Whataburger does NOT help your health… boo fast food!
So how do we prioritize health and wellness?
That is completely and utterly up to you, the individual. We all have different avenues that impacts our health and wellness. The obvious one is going to the gym. However, that’s only 1 hour of your day, and contrary to the latest fat-loss infomercial, you have to put a little more time and thought into making progress.
For me, prioritizing my wellness actually means doing things away from the gym. I started playing rugby in November 2015 which has dramatically increased my wellness. It’s helps me fight CrossFit burnout and I’ve made some new friends outside of the gym!
For someone else, it might be making it to the gym one extra day, or to read a book for 30 minutes a night. Your wellness is highly individualized. You have to figure out what works best for YOU!
For me, prioritizing my health is quite simple. Sleep 7-8 hours each night (which is a challenge, but I’m getting better!), eat quality food, and stay as close to my prescribed calorie and macronutrient intake as possible.
For someone else, it could be cutting out sodas, or making an attempt to eat more vegetables each day. Again, each person is different and needs different things!
Take some time today and figure out what YOU need to do to prioritize your health and your wellness. Try to keep it simple and realistic, but treat it with importance. Your health and wellness is not just crucial to you, but also to your friends and family. We have a lot of people that depend on us and want us to be around for a long time.
Prioritize your health and wellness. It’s worth it.