“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” – Buddha
The more things change, the more they stay the same, Buddha. Fast forward to 2014 and mental and physical wellness are equally, if not more important now as it was in 500 BCE. There is such a greater demand on our time and 24 hours in the day for some just never seems like enough. Therefore, it is of utmost important to find the right balance for your own space. Our bodies are such amazing machines that continually astound doctors and scientists alike by what we are truly capable of achieving when firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, most of us tend to get stuck in ruts and are lucky to make it through the first few hours of work on one or ten cups of coffee.
Never fear or better yet, #nofear14! I’m here to remind you the key is to not get stressed in trying to figure out a better or more efficient way of excelling through your day. If you make the time for what or more importantly, who is important i.e. YOU, your self will respond in a way like you never thought possible. Where do we go from here you ask? As a Fitness Expert and Life Coach, my responsibilities lie in getting the best out of my clients. Countless times I have been in situations where energy levels were low because of any number of factors (lack of sleep, poor eating, personal or professional issues) and by the time the workouts were over, my clients were overjoyed about how good they felt, how glad they were that they didn’t let their issues get the best of them and they were ready to take on whatever was ahead of them.
The most important thing to learn is being present. Present to most means to be in attendance which is absolutely true. That is only half of it. The other half is to be mentally checked in to whatever task you are trying to accomplish. Some of us like to keep it simple and accomplish one task at a time and then there are some of you out there that are fantastic multi-taskers. So much so that while trying to do something for yourself like exercise, you are trying to schedule all the other things that need to be done by day’s end. I can assure you that when your session has ended, you will most likely not even know what you did and not reap the benefits of YOU TIME.
Whatever category you fit in, here are six simple words, a “present” if you will, that will allow you to find the balance you are seeking. Be present when you are present. Your body will follow whatever your mind tells it to do. The stronger you are in your will and desire, your body will find the strength to push forward. But if you are not all in at that moment, your results will not have the desired effect or outcome. Your time is too precious and valuable. With that being said, you want to get the most out of the time you have dedicated and not end up discouraged because you felt like you wasted your time thinking about other things. I can assure you your problems or distractions will still be there when you are ready to resume your day.
Here are some suggestions that can invigorate your day so you become the accomplished, kick-ass, super hero you know you are!
Whatever you decide to do, make sure your schedule is clear to do it.
Learn when to step away from your phone, laptop, desktop, IPad, Blackberry (am I forgetting anything?) and say I need a break. Like my dad always said to me after getting frustrated from studying, take a five minute break every 30 minutes so your mind can stay fresh and retain more. I still employ that method to this day and it works wonders!
To stay sharp doesn’t mean you need to go run a marathon, it just means you have to find a way to be active. If you are at work, bring sneakers to walk the stairs, use the company gym or close the door to your spacious corner office to do some planks or jumping jacks. Five to ten minutes of activity a few times a day is nearly the same as 30 minutes of consistent exercise.
Feed your body and you will feed your mind. Food is information and by giving your body the highest quality information, your mind will respond by operating at the most efficient levels.
There is only one of you and only you know what works best. Do yourself a favor and be your best by being consistent.
Knowledge is power and you can only increase that power when your machine is going full speed ahead. In order to do that, we all should heed the words of Buddha because it is our personal duty to be the best self we can. You are the CEO and planner of your future. Invest in your health and wellness and your will receive the greatest returns!