[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn131489.html” color=”#028482″ class=”” size=””][/pullquote] “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Time to get moving! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults need 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week.
muscle-strengthening activities, that work all major muscle groups, on 2 or more days a week.
The numbers above can change based on more rigorous activity, but this is a good minimum for most people. So, ideally, you should find about 4 hours a week for focused physical activity.
For some, 4 hours may sound like a huge amount of time. Your schedule is already way to full and you can barely keep your head above water. This is the EXACT reason why you must make physical wellness a priority.
I am constantly (I MEAN CONSTANTLY) telling people….
“you cannot take care of the people and things in your life, that you value most,
if you do not take care of yourself first.” ~ Debbie Luxton
Period. There really is no other way to look at it.
Today is “International Women’s Day” and the 2016 theme is #pledgeforparity. Whatever position you stand for can only be a message of positive influence when you take the best care of yourself that you can.[Tweet “#pledgeforparity: Your physical wellness is CRITICAL ladies! Do not allow it to take a backseat.”]
Okay, so you agree you need to take care of yourself physically. There is a difference between knowing you need to implement positive changes and being ready to accept the changes. So, you can see that you need more physical activity, but you aren’t ready to take the action that makes it happen. Why?
For most professional women, the answer to the above question is time. When, where, how can I do more? When you think about working physical activity into your schedule, it should be helpful to remember that this time can be broken up into any number of increments. The smallest increment being 10 minutes. That give you tons of flexibility!
Pray as you consider your time and have a willingness to allow God to move your heart that you would be ready to accept the change you need to make. God will renew your strength. You will not be weary in taking care of the prized possession of your body.
Do not allow the mindset of “I don’t have anymore time” to overwhelm you before you can step back and consider the truth that it is not about finding more time. Rather, it is about the wisdom to prioritize where you spend your time.
What counts as moderate-intensity aerobic activity?
• Walking fast
• Doing water aerobics
• Riding a bike on level ground or with few hills
• Playing doubles tennis
• Pushing a lawn mower
What counts as muscle-strengthening?
• Lifting weights
• Working with resistance bands
• Doing exercises that use your body weight for resistance (i.e., push ups, sit ups)
• Heavy gardening (i.e., digging, shoveling)
Prioritize Your Physical Wellness:
- Consider how physical activity will best work for you. 10 minutes at a time or, 30 minutes or a full hour.
- Keep in mind the benefits you are after. It’s not about adding one more thing to do, it’s about success in all that you do.
- Place your physical activities on your calendar and stick to them – use an accountability partner.
Physical activity isn’t just about keeping your body healthy and functioning well. It also effects your emotional well-being and reduces stress. Therefore, taking care of your physical self is a foundational component to the work/life harmony that everyone of us desires.
I hope this article has been helpful. I do realize that not every aspect of getting yourself to a place of physical wellness as a priority can be dealt with here. Feel free to email me with a question or concern you may have.