Finish the Year Strong
I keep seeing a new trend in social media about staying strong for the last 90 days of the year and can’t help jumping on the bandwagon!
As the holidays approach, we start to put our health on the back burner. In our family, there is Thanksgiving and then several fall birthdays, our anniversary and and finally Christmas. These occasions, while they are a reason to celebrate, are often commemorated with delicious foods and beverages.
In addition to these celebrations, life is just busy in general. Between work, after school activities and things around the house to get ready for winter and holidays, it is sometimes challenging to find the time to focus on your health.
However, life is always going to be busy so really these are all just excuses. Your well-being should ALWAYS come first! Like they say, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. Take care of yourself and you will have more to give to others.
- That means getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.
- That means making sure that you get enough sleep.
- That means drinking your water and eating healthy meals.
- That also means taking time for yourself.
When you say you don’t have time to exercise, think about how little 30 minutes is out of your day. Seriously, you can’t take at least 30 minutes? Schedule it in your calendar! A walk, a workout or a group class at the gym, whatever you prefer. Just make it happen, you will be glad that you did.
I’m definitely realizing as I get older just how important sleep is for my well-being. Gone are the days of surviving on a few hours of sleep at night like in my twenties. Seven to eight hours per night is ideal and will have you feeling more energized and clear-headed.
Late getting home from work and need something quick to whip up for dinner? Be prepared! This is where a little planning and food prep saves the day. Find some time on the weekend or a free day when you can prepare some food for the week. Think roasted veggies, hard-boiled eggs, bbq chicken, soups or stews. Some meals you can even freeze to reheat on one of those busy nights. You will always find HB eggs, chopped raw veggies, cooked sweet potatoes and quick breakfasts in my fridge.
Taking time for yourself may just be the hardest one to follow through with. If you are not an early riser like myself, it may be difficult to find the time when you are not taking care of others (especially if you have little ones). If it is hard to make the time, consider getting up an hour earlier for some quiet time in the morning to clear your head and prepare for the day. A quick walk with the pups and a gratitude journal is my favourite way to start the day. This allows me to focus on the positive things in life rather than waking up thinking of the never-ending to-do-list. And then coffee is a must of course!
So no more excuses! Your health is important and should not have to wait for a new year’s resolution. Join me in finishing off 2019 strong and making it your best year yet!