Have you ever had one of those weeks where you feel as though a huge lightbulb just went on in your head? You already knew deep down what you needed to do, but for some reason you just couldn’t make the change, get committed, make it happen.
Well, I have just had one of those weeks and for that reason, I wanted to share my epiphany on todays blog post and write about the one thing that can completely destroy everything we are working so hard to create and yet for so many of us it’s not our No 1 priority.
(A generous rear end? I hear you ask?) Let me explain.
I’ve unfortunately been sick all this week.
Last Sunday I got struck down with tonsillitis and it’s floored me! It’s Thursday as I write this and I still feel as rough as a dog, plus I can’t talk at all! (which for some is a good thing!)
Here’s the thing though, this is my 3rd illness this year and we’re not even at the end of Feb yet. I’ve now lost so much productive time over the last 8 weeks that I’m way behind on the goals I set myself this year.
Now, although I’m certainly no athlete nor a regular gym goer and certainly over the last 3 years of my online marketing career, sitting on my backside for hours on end has done nothing for my muscle tone! But I wouldn’t call myself terribly unhealthy, ie. I don’t eat much junk food, I drink a lot of water, I love my salads etc.
But here’s the thing, for those Ladies & Gents reading this who are now over 40 but still believe they are 21! Our bodies need a little more help to stay on top of things these days. As much as I would love to believe my body can do all the things it could do at 20, the old natural ageing process has interfered somewhat and it now needs me to make a bit more effort to keep everything running as it should!
Plus if you are an online marketer and spend all day sat in front of your computer, that’s even worse! According to this article published by The Guardian in Oct last year, sitting for prolonged periods of time can bring all sorts of health hazards! – http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/21/is-sitting-bad-for-you
It’s more than just the weight you put on or the damage you’re doing to your heart though. It’s day to day living. It’s about how successful you are, in business and in life. If we don’t look after ourselves how can we ward off sickness? How can we ensure we have the energy to be super productive and create a business we love, while also leaving time to spend and play with our loved ones?
Also, after all this hard work, don’t we want to enjoy it? We don’t want to work, work, work only to suddenly find we can’t enjoy the fruits of our labour, because we’re too tired or too sick.
But I don’t want this post to depress you, I want to get you motivated to change! So let’s focus on what we can do about it right NOW to make some changes!
The changes you make will depend on the kind of person you are. So for instance, one of the emotions I will do almost anything to avoid is boredom. So for me having a daily routine that is the same every single day is tantamount to watching paint dry. However, you may be someone who thrives on routine, so whatever plans you make, ensure they sit well with your personality. There is no point in swimming against the tide! (Although that’s probably quite good exercise!)
So, I’m no doctor, but bearing in mind everywhere you look online there is advice on how to look after yourself and increase your energy levels, here’s what I am going to do for the next 2 weeks (for starters) and if you’re lacking in energy at the moment and feeling lethargic, why don’t you join me?
Then let’s regroup in 2 weeks and see how we feel!
Up for it?
Ok let’s keep it super simple, let’s just do 5 things.
- Drink 3 litres of water a day without fail
- Get 20 mins of heart raising exercise 5 times a week – this might be a bike ride, a swim, a walk, playing with the kids, sport, gardening, climbing the stairs. Anything that just makes you get out and be more active for 20 mins
- Set your alarm through your working day to get up every 1 hour and walk around for a few minutes or go and climb the stairs. (We have 5 floors of stairs outside our apartment – that’ll get me fit!)
- Have a salad with every meal.
- Keep an energy journal. Write down every day how you’re feeling, just a few lines so you can keep a track if what you’re doing is having any effect.
(Please let me re-iterate, I am not a doctor, nor a physical trainer, nor anything sport and health related – so do not embark on any kind of exercise program without advice from your doctor or Mother, whichever one knows best!)
If you want to make the next few years your best years yet, let’s make sure we’re approaching them correctly and put our health at the forefront of our mind.
A healthy body leads to greater energy, a clearer mind, the ability to get more done in a day and have the time and energy to spend with the ones we love.
As Buddha Says – It’s our duty!
Comment below if you’re up for the challenge and will be joining me, or if you’re super healthy already and want to give some tips, or if you simply want to grunt in reluctant agreement and continue eating your steak & chips! Whatever your intention, I’d love to hear from you!
Have a great day!
P.S. Oh, and to all those ladies who have been blessed with a substantial behind, remember girls – ‘Fat Bottomed Girls, They Make the Rockin World Go Round!’
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