The holiday season is upon us already! Most of my clients are semiretired or work from home. This time of year, people tend to pile on more engagements and less time on taking care of themselves! Don’t let this be the year you don’t put yourself on the top of your list. I have been in the fitness industry for 28 years and I still hear the biggest challenge is not having enough time or not making the time to schedule your health and fitness commitments.
Whatever the case may be, there is always a solution to anything you are facing in your day. Whether it be kids, animals, family time, etc., you just have to make yourself a priority, so here are a few tips that will help motivate you to find the opportunity to increase your energy, keep you focused and, most of all, help you stay relaxed during this busy time of year.
1. Because you may be semiretired, use that 30 minutes you used to use for driving to work for fitness. Go for a walk, meditate or go to the gym.
2. Take 10 minutes — getting fitness in your day is much easier than you may think! There are plenty of apps to get you moving. Try interval training (HIIT) or find an app that works for you.
3. Schedule your exercise time. You schedule everything else, so why not?
4. Get up every hour. Research shows that sitting too long can lead to foggy brain, stiffness and decreased metabolism. So get up and move, dance, march in place or play with your pet.
5. Go hands-free. Get a headset so it frees you up to move around while on the phone. Practice standing on one leg. The more mobile, the better.
6. Switch gears, walk backward, side to side or zigzag. This will change your brain and increase your creativity.
7. Breathe. We take it for granted, yet when you focus on your breathing, close your eyes. This will take external stimulus out and, in turn, will help you relax, refresh and restore yourself back to balance.
8. Try standing. You will need to think about your environment differently. Change your computer screen, keyboard etc. Many companies offer ergonomic solutions. Regardless of your workstation, it is always best for you to move around throughout your workday, changing from standing to sitting. There is no perfect way. The best way is for you to strike a balance.
9. Stretch it out — less is more when it comes to working on your devices. Take breaks every 15 to 30 minutes to rest your eyes. Stretch your shoulders, hips and neck. They get really tight being hunched forward. This also decreases your oxygen due to what I call “Slumpy Dumpy,” because your ribcage does not expand and contract, decreasing your energy.
Fitting fitness bursts into your day is easy. The main thing is reminding yourself each morning why it’s important to put it on your radar. And then feel the experience of amazing energy throughout your day. Like any skill, it takes practice and commitment to make change in your life. So get moving and don’t let anybody or anything keep you from being your best.
Are you ready to get fit, lose weight, eat healthy and feel great? Call or email me today to coach you in the direction you want to go.
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