This week has taught me an important lesson: it can be hard to make time for the gym. I must confess, I haven’t been at all. I’ve had a busy week at work, spent 2 days away from home, and in my spare time I’ve honestly felt more inclined to sleep than to exercise.
Fortunately, healthy living doesn’t start and end at the gym! Despite being busy, I’ve been eating healthily (lentil soups have replaced takeaways, fruit has replaced chocolate, and I’ve been trying tea without sugar) and have walked a lot more than usual. Shoes I wear most days gave me blisters, which was painful but did make me aware of the fact that I don’t walk nearly as much as I like to think I do. My fitness tracker recently broke, but I’m going to buy a basic pedometer so I can try to make sure I get my 10,000 steps a day.
The walking I’ve done this week has also made me realise how important fresh air and time to think and reflect are to my mental health, so I definitely want to keep that up. A healthier lifestyle isn’t about punishing the body or feeling miserable, but about improving mental health and physical health while still enjoying everything life has to offer!
I do want to incorporate the gym into my weekly routine, and I still want to get into the habit of going 3 times a week, but I’ve realised I can’t rely on just that for my exercise. My work and personal life mean sometimes, blocking out a solid block 3 times a week for going to the gym is difficult, and I need to learn to be more flexible.
I think this week has really highlighted the importance of an all-round approach to health for me. It’s not just about sweating on a treadmill, but about making lots of small choices every day that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and about learning how to be fit and active even when going about daily activities. I hope I do make it to the gym at least twice this coming week, which should be easier than it was last week, but more importantly I’m hoping I can continue to make those small, healthy choices each day!