Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Who’s the number one important person? YOU!
It’s true – if you don’t look after yourself, you’re no good to anyone! It’s all too easy to help others with their problems and make very helpful, sensible measured suggestions when it comes to other people’s health, love and work lives…but when it comes to you, do you ‘have a word’ with yourself?
For example, when a friend says ‘I am having real trouble giving up chocolate for lent’ (how mean it is that Valentines was THE DAY AFTER Shrove Tuesday?! I digress..), do you find yourself saying ‘just don’t have it in the house’ or ‘only have ONE’ or ‘eat carrot sticks (!)’? Then, when you come home, you have a chocolate biscuit (the third one that day)? OR when they say ‘I know I should exercise more’ you offer the helpful advice of ‘go for a walk your lunch break, easy!’ …then your lunch break comes around and you can’t be bothered?
I could go on with a million examples, and I am sure you could think of a few too. The point is – why don’t you give yourself the same care and attention and advice you give to others?
When it comes to health and fitness, whilst many see exercise and healthy behaviours as a chore, they should be seen as a treat. YES! A treat to your mind, body and soul to allow the body to do what it was built to do – get the heart pumping, get those legs working, get lungfuls of air and let the pores open and sweat the stress away! Your body WANTS to be exercised, and your mind NEEDS the satisfaction and escapism of the achievement of reaching your physical goals.
TREAT yourself! Not to a piece of cake, but to a brisk walk or run. NO better way to warm up – it’s free, it’s refreshing and it burns calories. MUCH better than under a blanket with a box of Lindt truffles (other chocolates are available).
INDULGE yourself with a strength circuit! Get your biceps firing and those glutes toning. Increase your metabolism and LUXURIATE in the fat-burning benefits.
DELIGHT yourself with a stretch session. Loosen the tightness of a hard day through slow, controlled movements and improve your posture through gentle but firm stretches. Done before bed can really help with getting a good night’s sleep – and we all know the impact this can have on the following day!
Next time you find yourself giving advice to others about their lifestyle, health or fitness, take a second to hear your own words, and PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.