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Show Yourself Some Love This February

Posted by Adelle Wood on 08-Feb-2022 07:00:00

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February is the host of Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by showing yourself some love this month.

Self-care has been a hot topic over the past two years, brought on a lot by the pandemic but what does it actually mean? And how you can you start making yourself a priority?

‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’ is a phrase that I often have to remind myself of when I feel like I have so much to do but not enough time. However, there is always a window in your week to practice self-care and that doesn’t mean you have to take an hour-long bubble bath every night or cook a nutritious meal from scratch. There are many different ways you can show yourself some love.

 

Strength workouts

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We need our bodies to help us complete various task throughout the day, whether that’s carrying shopping bags, picking up kids or even sitting down and working from home. It’s important to set aside some time to prioritise building up these muscles. As you get stronger, those everyday activities will become much easier for your body to complete. If you only have 5 minutes in your day to dedicate to this, I recommend a core workout. We recruit our core muscles every time we move and therefore having a strong foundation of strength is extremely beneficial.

Our gyms provide an excellent environment for strength training as well as a lot of our group exercise classes. For those days when you only have those 5 minutes, check out 1Life On Demand as there will be a class that you can take from home.

 

Fresh air

Fresh air

There’s numerous benefits to our physical and mental health just from getting out in the fresh air and it’s all down to getting more oxygen. Not only are you more focused when you’ve been out in the fresh air, it also helps to improve your blood pressure, heart rate and strengthens your immune system. 

Even if the sun isn’t shining, take a few moments in your day to step outside and you will soon get into the routine of prioritising your health and disconnecting from work or your to do list.

 

Set goals

Journal

There’s no better feeling than making progress on your goal(s) so set aside some time during your week to document steps you have taken to get closer to achieving them. A few examples of that include:

  • Weekly progress pictures of your weight loss journey
  • Marking off calendar days of when you hit the gym, ate healthier or went on a lunchtime stroll
  • Progressing with an ongoing project for work
  • Trying a new recipe

 

Prioritize sleep

Sleep

It’s often underestimated how important getting a good night’s sleep is. Stress is one of the main culprits for interfering with our sleep so try to get into an evening routine that will leave your body and mind ready to rest. Stay away from caffeine and sugar in the evening as they can keep you awake and try to ditch technology before bed too. Choose to read a book or perhaps write some notes about your day in a journal before you switch the light out. Short sleep meditation classes are also a great tool to help you drift off.

 

Drink more water

Water

Your body needs fluids to maintain proper functioning and we could all do with drinking more water. Not only does it help with concentration, but it helps to maximise physical performance, so it is extremely important to drink lots of water on those days when you are heading to the gym for an intense workout.

Have a water bottle handy at all times so there’s no excuse for dehydration!

You can read more about the benefits of drinking water here.

 

Practice discipline not motivation

Self discipline

In a lot of challenging situations, it’s often our minds that want to give up before our bodies and you’re not going to feel motivated every day. Collins describe ‘Self Discipline’ as ‘...the ability to control yourself and to make yourself work hard or behave in a particular way without needing anyone else to tell you what to do.’. You need to be self-disciplined in order to recognise you can’t skip taking care of yourself, if you do, everything and everyone around you will be impacted. Experts often say, ‘those days when you don’t feel like going to the gym or exercising are the days you need to the most’ and it’s all about showing up for yourself.

Topics: mental wellbeing, motivation, mental health, Valentines Day, health, fitness