This week we welcome the lovely Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com. Taking care of yourself can become less of a priortiy if you’re a busy bee, and Sheila gives you the best tips to incorporate self care into your routine. Thanks, Sheila!
Getting physically fit is one of the best things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health. However, many people focus so much on their workouts that they neglect other aspects of their well-being. Self-care is just as important as fitness, and combining the two can benefit your life more than one of them alone can. Here are five ways to add self-care to your exercise routine:
Use CBD oil
CBD oil can be a great addition to your fitness routine, because it can reduce inflammation — making it helpful with the soreness that follows a workout. Also, it can decrease anxiety and depression symptoms. It’s essential to consult your doctor before you start taking CBD oil; if your doctor thinks it’s a good idea, be sure to research so you can pick the right brand and dosage for your needs.
If you workout relentlessly but eat junk food all the time, you may not notice a big difference in how you look and feel. Pair your fitness routine with a healthy diet, and you’ll set yourself up to achieve your wildest health goals. Start by cutting down on processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fats. One type of diet that works for a lot of people is clean eating. It may be challenging at first, because it requires planning, preparation, and a change of mindset. But the benefits far outweigh the effort. Clean eating habits can reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancer, and it can leave you with more energy throughout the day, among many other benefits. Eating well for self-care doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional indulgence; it simply means being mindful of your diet. In fact, many people find that they crave healthier food once they start forming good eating habits.
Find something you love
Another part of combining your fitness with self-care is finding an exercise routine that you love. No matter who you are or what your routine is, there will probably be days when you don’t feel like working out. However, if you find an activity or set of movements you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick to your commitments for the long haul. Whether it’s running, yoga, HIIT, racquetball, or something else, explore different kinds of exercise to find what you like.
Warm up and cool down
Bookending your workouts with a warm-up and cool-down is a great way of preparing yourself for physical activity and reducing the likelihood of injury and soreness. For instance, starting your routine with a walk or light jog gets your cardiovascular system going by slowly bringing up your body temperature and getting the blood flowing to your muscles. A good walk and stretch after your workout helps you recover from strenuous movement by gradually calming your body down.
Finally, don’t let your life or happiness be dictated by the gym; if you do, you risk becoming depressed if injury or other circumstance keeps you from working out for a time. A great way to keep a healthy relationship with your fitness is to intentionally take breaks. For instance, don’t be afraid to skip the gym so you can watch a movie or go on a family weekend getaway. Sometimes it’s even beneficial to take a week or more off from your routine. As long as you have the discipline to get right back to it after your break, time off can ultimately bolster your fitness routine.
Adding self-care to your fitness routine will help you get the most out of your workouts and overall life. Remember to consult your doctor and look into CBD oil to boost recovery, and consider changing your eating habits. Explore different kinds of exercise and then find one you love. Add warm ups and cool downs to your routine, and take a break every now and then. Most importantly, try to tune into your body so you can know what it needs through every step of the way.
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