My main goal for next year is to take some time out for myself. I’ve been so used to training six days a week – twice a day – so adjusting to my new normal is still a work in progress.
I’ll admit, I’m not the best at taking time out for myself. I still have plenty of commitments, so I’m going to try my best to keep this goal a priority.
While I’m cutting down my training time, I’m still going to keep up with my fitness and incorporate some simple exercises into my daily life. You’d be surprised at how good exercise makes you feel; a simple walk around the block can often be enough to feel good about yourself. This goes double for mothers – we often prioritise looking after our family’s health and wellbeing first and don’t leave enough time for ourselves.
You don’t have to carve out a big chunk of your day, either. Here are some easy ways to incorporate some health and wellbeing into your schedule:
- Squats while the kids are in the bath
- Calf raises while stirring the pot making dinner
- Five minutes of mindful breathing as soon as you wake up
- Drink a glass of water every hour
Looking after ourselves doesn’t have to be a chore or through setting lofty goals – it’s all about getting creative, taking small steps and making things work for your situation. If you feel like you’ve let your wellbeing fall by the wayside, let’s turn that around together for 2023.
Here’s to the new year, and to living healthier, longer, better lives, one small step at a time.