I’ve always been the kind of person who takes care of others—making sure others are happy and doing well is just ingrained into my being. But sometimes I forget to take care of me, too. And when that happens I have to take a step back and say, “Hey! You deserve to be happy and well, too.” This is my step back.
Being a trainer and working at a gym is a double-edged sword. I LOVE the environment, my co-workers, and helping people achieve their goals. I am literally amazed that I get a paycheck to spend time in a gym. Some days, though, it’s a struggle to get in my own training because the last thing I want to do after being surrounded by fitness equipment all day is workout. I think this is something every fitness professional faces from time to time.
Right now making sure I’m getting in my workouts (and making them count—no time for zoning out on a machine!) and eating clean needs to be my top priority. My days are jam-packed from the moment I wake up till the moment I close my eyes at night, but that’s no excuse for poor eating and skipping workouts. Too many protein bars and not enough greens leaves me feeling sluggish and blah…
I just have to remind myself that taking care of me, means feeling good and being able to take even better care of my clients.
My commitment to myself:
- pack a balanced and clean lunch at night—no mindlessly throwing some food into my lunch bag in the morning
- stick to a set bedtime and wake up time (and actually get up!)
- run a mile each morning—hey, it only takes 10 minutes of my day and if it’s the only workout I get in, that’s better than doing nothing
- schedule 4 set workouts into my week (usually a spin class and three strength training sessions)
Anyone else deal with poor work/life balance? Suggestions and tips welcomed!