How to be Number 1

Josie has three kids, a spouse and a full-time job. She feels like she can barely go to the bathroom alone.

Joe is a lawyer. He works long hours, sometimes weekends, and likes to spend time with family.

 

Sam has elderly parents that require a lot of care and attention. She brings them to doctors’ appointments and checks in often.

 

I bet you’re one of the above in some form. The people above are all fictional (I promise), but it is easy to draw comparisons to people I do know. We all have a lot going on and give a lot. But if we are honest with ourselves, we all have time. You just need to take it.

The airlines have it right when it comes to self-care. When the plane hits turbulence, masks deploy. You put your own mask on before helping others. Do it any other way and you won’t be able to help anyone else.

 

Likewise, putting your health and fitness—your engine—on the back burner will leave you sputtering. At some point you’ll be—quite literally—gasping for air.

Too often we forget to put our proverbial mask on first and go through life with the hope that we can get the other persons mask on before we pass out.

 When was the last time you took time to evaluate your self-care practices?

 

What does your exercise routine look like? Did you quit the routine you said you were going to start in January? Block a specific time in your schedule, just like a doctor’s appointment. Get back on board. It’s not too late.

 

Do you have a solid exercise schedule? What does your recovery look like? After all, the gains we see from the gym come when we rest. Schedule a massage, yoga class or some quiet time. Block it off. Make it an appointment.

 

What does your diet look like? Does it need a little cleaning up? Did that meal plan or diet you opted to go with fizzle out? Mix a healthy meal in as much as you can. Start with one and go from there. Need some guidance? We can help.

 It’s pretty easy to put off taking care of yourself. We are taught all our lives that good people are selfless. We are taught not to be selfish. That is true, but also the reality is the people who love you would like to keep you around. The kids want you to play with them, and ultimately the grandkids too.

Pull out your planner. Make an appointment for yourself (we have over 25 classes each week to choose from).

 

Be better at life by being better to yourself first.

 

Inspiration provided by Joanne Cogle at crossfitcsg.com.

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