As a parent I often spend a great deal of time caring for my kids health and well-being and then there is the time I spend running a business, our household, and helping at school. I often wonder how to find time for my own wellness. I would like to introduce the first in an ongoing series of Fit Tips — small suggestions to incorporate into our daily routine. Here Jen Morin from EVOLUTION bodywork & nutrition in Bristol tells us how to start making wellness a part of our everyday life.
Now that the holidays are behind us and the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to get back on track with wellness and taking care of yourself. Too often, holidays are spent thinking about and taking care of others, which can make us steer off course with our fitness regimen and eat more than we know is good for us. Getting back into an exercise regimen is often a tough transition, whether it is after the holidays, having a new baby, or just another challenge of being a parent—but it doesn’t have to be. Remember that old tale about the tortoise and the hare? Faster is not necessarily better, and the same goes for your fitness regimen. Initiating a new plan or getting back into an old one shouldn’t feel like you’ve just jumped out of the starting blocks. Ease into things. If you haven’t exercised in a while, begin with a few minutes each day and build from there. If you took some time off from using weights or your participating in regular classes, start with just a few exercises or a beginner class. (Many local gyms provide childcare, or suggest swapping childcare with a friend who’s also interested in working out.). You will find that the more gradually you ease back into things, the better your body and mind will feel. Build from there . . . it’s not a race . . . it’s a journey.
Contributed by Jen Morin, Pilates/Corporate Fitness Director at EVOLUTION bodywork & nutrition in Bristol.