I’m in a ‘getting healthy’ phase at the moment. What seems to happen is that I start exercising and eating properly, and then it becomes a habit for a while… and then something slips.
However, I take solace in the fact that each time I slip back, it’s a little bit less than last time. Even though I’ve slipped backwards, I’m still having less sugar than I used to, more fruit than I used to, and am at least exercising occasionally.
In today’s world, it’s harder to stay healthy than it was even twenty years ago. Being a writer adds to that: I spend most of my morning in front of the laptop, or at the table with my journal, or sitting and exchanging ideas with a friend.
Exercise and healthy eating becomes an effort, and that’s when it begins to decline.
But why is it even important? As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I seem to have a million things going on at the same time – and I don’t even have children! I need the energy to tackle marketing, to keep the creative juices flowing, and to be the best person I can be for my students, my friends, my family and my readers. A lack of energy is what I notice first when I’m not making healthy choices.
I’m also just a happier person when I’m giving my body what it needs.
There are a few things I’m doing to re-build good habits. Basically, I’m looking at what my excuses are and finding ways around them.
I used to go walking in the Waitakere Ranges. Now, that’s too far away so I would walk in the park first thing in the morning. Then, winter set in and it got too cold. Now, I walk during the day, before I go to my day job (I work in the afternoons) and take a pair of sports shoes and a spare top with me.
I’ve also started the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Do You Yoga. Every day for 30 days, I get an email with a different yoga routine. They’re between 10 and 20 minutes long, which is totally doable and can be done from the warmth of my own home. I don’t have to spend time finding a routine, and it doesn’t take a huge chunk out of my day. Easy.
Friday was my first day. It wasn’t too strenuous, but my muscles were incredibly tight, and my mind wandered a LOT. Everything takes practice, and I’m sure that by the end of the 30 days I’ll be feeling fantastic.
Watch this space.
What do you do to look after your health?
How do you deal with lapses in health?
Why is good health important to you?