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This Is How to Balance Your Fitness Routine with Your Overall Self-Care
When you start dedicating yourself to fitness, it can be easy to overdo it. You want to reach your goals and not allow yourself to lose any motivation, so you tend to focus too much on your fitness routine. At the same time, however, you need to focus on overall self-care and ensure you balance fitness with other wellness-focused activities. Our tips will help you do so successfully.
Set Overall Wellness Goals
To avoid overdoing it with your fitness routine, begin by setting overall wellness goals. The right goals will help you determine a measurable target that you can achieve with a systematic approach. The key is to set wellness goals that will transform your behavior over time and benefit you in the long term.
First, set SMART goals. These goals are more achievable because they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. You will have to carefully consider what you want to achieve, and then set targets that are realistic and meaningful for you. Change your mindset to set goals that move beyond the scales to reflect a commitment to overall self-care. For example, you may set a goal to lose 20 pounds in a given time, but you also should set a goal to practice yoga twice a week. Setting goals that take your physical and mental health into account is the best way to ensure that you balance fitness with self-care.
Take A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness
Changing your mindset to think about fitness as a whole-body concept is one key to balancing workouts and self-care. Using self-care strategies each day, including during your workouts, help you clear your mind, enjoy exercise more, and improve your overall wellness. Some of the best ways to take this holistic approach to your health and wellness include using breathing exercises, remembering to warm up and cool down, staying hydrated, giving yourself a break from social media, reevaluating your goals, journaling, eating well each day, and meditating.
Meditation is a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and find balance between your workout and overall self-care routines. Despite what many people think, meditating doesn’t have to take hours out of your day or be done in an expensive yoga studio. In fact, you can practice it at home in sessions as short as five minutes. Simply find a quiet room (or corner of a room) in your home, let some natural light in, sit in a comfortable position, and focus on your breath and how your body feels. The goal is to have a completely clear mind, and it takes some practice. If you’re interested in adding this practice to your self-care routine, try starting with a guided meditation.
Commit to a Variety of Physical Activities
When you stick to one workout, you don’t benefit as much as when you commit to a variety of physical activities. Doing the same workout day after day will bore you more quickly than if you mix up your routine, and you won’t see as many results over time if your body becomes accustomed to doing the same activity each time you exercise. In fact, there are several reasons to vary your workout, according to One Medical: you will overcome weight-loss plateaus, prevent overuse injuries, build new muscles, beat workout boredom, help keep your brain healthy, meet new workout partners, and feel excited about exercise.
Exercising simply to lose weight or reach a singular fitness goal will not contribute to your self-care as much as exercising to boost mental health. In fact, exercise is an ideal solution for depression, anxiety, and addiction, because it improves your confidence and self-esteem, improves your mood, gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, distracts you from negative thoughts, acts as a healthy coping mechanism, and releases endorphins (the feel-good hormones). That’s why your workout routine should include a variety of cardio, strengthening, and stretching activities.
Be Mindful of Your Daily Motivation and Activities
If you happen to be concerned about self-care because you are in addiction recovery, you need to know there are proven benefits of exercising in recovery. An active lifestyle reduces stress and gives you opportunities to socialize in healthy ways.
It is possible, however, for people in recovery to become addicted to exercise. To avoid replacing one addiction with another, you need to practice self-care even more than people not in recovery. Pushing yourself to the max during workouts is okay, but you need to make sure that you also focus on nutrition and take rest days.
Committing to physical fitness is one way to take care of yourself, but committing to self-care is the best way to improve your overall wellness. That’s why you should take a holistic approach to health and wellness, set overall wellness goals, commit to a variety of physical activities, and be mindful of your daily motivation and activities.
Written by Sheila Olson
Here is the short video and article from the TV show The Doctors on crystal bowl healing.
Have a wonderful rest of your December and may your holiday and celebration be full of only happiness, peace, joy and unconditional love!
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A simple explanation what a crystal bowl session does...
• Sound Vibration penetrates every cell
• Aligns the chakra system (located on the spine)
• Balances energy on all levels
• Stress reduction
• Improved immune system
• Supports positive thinking
• Reduces negative feelings and emotional trauma
• Grounds is in present moment
• Expands our awareness of an expansive universe
• Relaxing the body, mind and spirit