What is Holding You Back?

By Jennifer Gendron
canfitpro PTS/FIS

Do you find yourself struggling to stay on track with your fitness routine?  Are you always putting yourself last on your list and never seem to get to the “you” part with all the other things that are on the never ending “to do” list?  It is time to take a look at your schedule and ask yourself “what is getting in my way?”  It is so easy to get caught up in the many responsibilities we have on a daily basis and not take proper care of ourselves.  I am guilty of this myself.  In fact, to be honest, I am guilty of this more often than I would like to admit.  But remember, if you don’t make time to take care of yourself, you will not have what it takes to take care of everyone else and to accomplish all of the things that need looking after in your life.  If we don’t take care of ourselves we eventually “run out of gas” and experience symptoms of burn out or adrenal fatigue and trust me, this is not a fun place to be!

So how can we avoid getting caught in this trap?  Make a plan!  Find a way to schedule the time for

yourself right in to your schedule like any other appointment and stick to it!  Not only do you want to set aside time for some physical activity on a daily basis, but it is also important to take some time for mindfulness in order to reduce stress and keep ourselves in a good mindset.  What is mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” (https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness)   We can achieve this state by taking a few moments each day for meditation, deep breathing exercises or even just getting out in nature.  If you have been following my recent posts, you will see that getting out in nature is a big one for me – there is just something calming and rejuvenating about getting outside in nature.  Other great practices that incorporate fitness and mindfulness are practices such as yoga, qi gong or tai chi.

Another very important piece of the puzzle is healthy eating.  Again, this can be a challenge with our busy lifestyles and the “grab on the go” that many of us are faced with as we rush from work to kids’

activities to meetings and so on.  Good planning is the way to overcome this as well.  Taking the time at least once a week for food prep is the secret to staying on track.  If we have things at the ready that are healthy and nutritious, we will be less tempted to grab the junk when we are on the run.

We have an exciting new program in the works that we will be launching in January that incorporates all of these aspects – easy to follow fitness plans, tips for incorporating mindfulness in to your day and a healthy eating plan.  We are looking forward to offering this “Lifestyle Transformation” program and welcome your feedback on the program outline. If you have not already indicated your interest in sharing your feedback with us through our survey, please contact us at info@lifestylesfitnessstudio.ca with “Transformation Feedback” as the subject and we will be happy to contact you to get your ideas on what you would be looking for in a program to help you stay on track and change your life in 2018!

Remember small changes slowly incorporated are the best way to develop new healthy habits that you will be able to stick to.  What is one change you can make today to begin your journey of healthy living?

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