Last week we spoke about the “5 Steps to make sure you hit your training days!”
This week we are going to breakdown an important base to build off of for those 5 steps… and it comes back to you!
You have to realize that you are the most important thing in your life, and not in a self loving “I am the greatest gift to the world” kind of way, but in a way that you start to realize that Taking care of yourself, is one of the best ways to taking care of the ones you love.
Challenge posted at the bottom of the post! #AntiSocialDay
It is a super simple concept if you think about it… if you slack off at work, you get fired… and no moneys for the family… if you eat poorly you develop illnesses which costs your family time, money and happiness… and it transfers right to working out… if you don’t make time to exercise you could potentially be setting your family up for failure down the road if you fall ill with a sickness or illness that exercise could have stifled.
You have to realize that if you do not make time for yourself to do three things everyday for yourself you will be putting yourself at disadvantage to helping your family and your loved ones in the future.Just like it takes time to create something awesome or reach a goal… it also takes time for bad habits to pile up to make a difference in your life. “Rome was not built in a day… but it also did not fall in one day” So while that donut did not just clog your arteries the compound of having 3 per week x 20 years could…
On top of eating well which is a base for all of these things, you need to make time for the following things:
Exercise (working out):
Block out 60 mins and get a workout in…work a 9-5 and have to take the kids to school and pick them up after? cool, see you at 5:00am for a workout. There is always a way to find time, you just have to prioritize your schedule and make it happen. Again do not expect an over night change and success just like the donut in the above example did not kill you right away… exercise will take time to accumulate.
Make sure you get enough sleep (6-8 hours will suffice for most). Rest… make sure you are taking a solid two rest days where you are resting from intense exercise… but that doesn’t mean that you cannot go do yoga or go on a nice run on your “off” days! OR meditate… That does not mean that you have to sit with your legs crossed and go into a deep meditative state… you just have to find sometime to block the world out and clear your mind. Here is a link on some easy common meditative practices.
Spend time doing something YOU love:
It could be working out (two birds – one stone) it could be reading a book, it could be cooking, it could be volunteering, it could be gardening…. whatever your “thing” is, make sure you make time to do it. For me it is carpentry or working in my yard on the weekends and during the week it is reading. I know during the week I do not have time to a full carpentry project, so I may sit down for 30 mins to read first thing in the morning.
Doing these three things above will dramatically increase your lifestyle and your overall health makers and quality of life. If your lifestyle improves, and your health markers improve, then you have the potential to live longer and provide for the ones that you love! If you have a heart attack or another health illness hits you, and you pass… who is going to take care of your family, who is going to make money and send your kiddos off to school… well you are not going to be able to because you did not make time to do some self maintenance and take care of yourself… You failed to spend enough time resting, spending time decompressing and/or doing something you love.. you have to do some self maintenance.
I don’t have time…
Most of the time people will say to me, well I don’t have time to workout. The same person self admittedly spends 1-2 hours on FB/Instagram/Etc..
Well IF you have time to spend 1 hour getting lost on Instagram and Facebook, IF you have time to binge watch “Game of Thrones”… THEN you have time to workout…
We make little decisions all of the time that dictate how much time we have in the day and how we use it. So the next time you start scrolling thru FB, stop and realize that you are wasting your time, and if you need a guilt trip, think “Is my scrolling through FB or Instagram, helping my family or helping me move forward in life” Chances are they are not, you are probably just scrolling through social media helping some Instagram star make their six-figure salary.
Have you ever said “Can’t make it to the gym today, this meeting is running a little late” OR “I could really use another 30 mins of sleep” OR “I cannot workout on Fridays because traffic on the commute home is horrible on Friday’s and I have better things to do”
All are solid excuses. But they are just that. Own the fact that you could wake up early and train, you could come to a later class if a meeting runs late, you can get an audio book on in the car to use your time wisely on your commute to the gym on Friday. (Shoot, after 4-5 Fridays, you might even finish a full book on your way to the gym!) OR if you just wake up in the morning and do not push for that extra thirty minutes of sleep, you will be better off for it. For most of us, 30 mins less of sleep once per week is not a humongous issue. You will be surprised on how well you operate throughout the rest of your day without hitting the snooze button.
PS: This is by no means an organic Cliff-made idea… this has been floating around for a bit now, I am just now adopting it myself. So join me!
Part of prioritizing “you” is prioritizing your time… if you have an issue with social media, try this!
My challenge to you: if you have an issue of mindlessly scrolling through your newsfeed and checking out other peoples lives…. take a day and do NOTHING with social media, don’t open the apps, don’t reach into your pocket, turn off your notifications, don’t post…
Do not get me wrong social media is a wonderful thing, it allows us to connect with the entire world, jobs and opportunities are created everyday because of it …Heck the main reason you found this article was because of social media (probably)….BUT it can also take from us! If you spend time(energy) on social media scrolling through your newsfeed… you are not spending energy doing something positive that could give you a solid positive return (financially, emotionally, physically, etc…)
Why? Social media is dangerous… it allows us the ability to compare ourselves to other people and their fake “perfect” lives. Which at times can be a good kick in the butt, but for the most part that is not the best/healthiest way to get yourself in order. Everyone has trials and tribulations, everyone has issues like you. Very rarely will people post anything “real” on social media and if it is “real” it is just meant to grab your attention and boost that persons ego. Following some 20 year old that sits by the pool everyday and wears all of the best “material possessions” is a stupid thing to look at everyday. Or following that one person from your old high school that is doing great things, while that can be inspiring, do you really need to see their newest Gucci Bag or vacation house?…
It will make you sad, depressed, and generally unhappy…and you will compare yourselves to that person when you should not. You need to do things that bring you up… not tear you down…
So… Challenge time
Step 1: Pick ONE DAY per week for 1 month (Roughly 4 total days)
Step 2: Once you solidify that day, commit to NOT posting or opening or acknowledging ANY social media platform.
Step 3: You just became a little more awesome. You will have more time to do other things, BETTER THINGS and I guarantee you will be happier.
Step 4: Repeat the process with another day of the week for the next month.
NEXT WEEK: “NUTRITION Q&A: with…??”
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