Why is prioritising fitness so important?
“If exercise stops, then my health goes downhill. With the loss of physical health my productivity at work goes down. I become depressed. I lose motivation to do the things that makes my business successful. I’ve learned firsthand that excellence in one area of my life promotes excellence in all other areas of my life. Exercise is the easiest area of my life to control. It’s easy to measure. Either I get it in, or I don’t. When I do, it lifts up all other areas of my life, including my business.” – Josh Steimle, Entrepreneur
So many of us can find reasons to skip an exercise session or not to exercise at all. It is just all too easy. Mostly because we don’t place enough value on exercise, and it’s just not high enough on our list of priorities. We might be business men or women, we may have family, we may be a parent, we might have elderly parents, we might be students, we might be shift workers, whoever we are, there are often other very good reasons why we may decide to prioritise other commitments and roles over improving and maintaining our fitness. Many of us see our fitness as an optional extra in our lives, that being fit is for the vain and those who have nothing else to do. However, the opposite is true. When you make prioritising fitness your goal, you will find that you have more energy, more head space and maybe even more time to be better at the other areas of your life.
Prioritising Fitness Makes You Healthier
Eating healthier and exercising will make you feel so much better in the long run. When you first start out you will feel exhausted and as if it is taking over your life, but after a couple of weeks you will start to feel good. Prioritising your fitness gives you more energy and helps your body to run better. Being healthy means that you are better able to fight sickness and reduce your risk of disease.
It is also true that exercise reduces stress and anxiety. A recent Australian survey of 10,000 women revealed that around 40 percent have been professionally diagnosed with depression or anxiety. Women aged 18 to 35 are the most anxious age group among women in Australia, experiencing ‘mild’ levels of anxiety. Nearly half of women reported that on several days they may worry excessively about different things, become easily annoyed or distracted or have trouble sleeping. Prioritising fitness throughout your week has been shown to improve mood, mental focus and enable your body to rest better at night.
Prioritising Fitness Keeps You Balanced
On top of releasing feel-good hormones that lift your mood, prioritising fitness will actually enable you to see other areas in your life more clearly and prioritise them accordingly. It may be that you have too much crammed into your life already. Trying to balance work, family, friends and everything else can get too demanding. Getting in regular exercise throughout the week gives you time out and recharges you for the other tasks at hand. If you are feeling unmotivated at work, or a in a bit of a rut, exercising can help you to take a break and re-energise. Then you can get back into your work with a new spring in your step and clarity of mind helping you to be more productive.
How to Prioritise Your Fitness.
- Schedule in your workouts for the next month. And don’t miss one! Try your hardest (get your closest people on board) to stick to your goals. Leave work on time and get up when the alarm rings. You will start getting better at time management in order to fit in your workouts and you will be more energised to put back into the people in your lives.
- Eat Well. Only eat the recommended daily calorie intake and eat plenty of vegetables and protein. If that means for the first month of prioritising your fitness that you spend more money and time on food, it will be the investment into a lifetime of healthy eating. You will probably find that healthy eating is actually cheaper than last minute lazy junk food meals.
- Sleep. Make sure you are getting at least 7hours of sleep every night. If you are at a party, leave early so you can sleep. If you actually want to be serious and turn your life around, you are going to have to give your body the chance to recharge.
Prioritising fitness will also show the people around you how important it is to keep healthy. Exercising lifts your mood and sends off positive vibes to the people around you. When you are energised and upbeat, your friends, family and coworkers will see the change in you. Most Australians do not prioritise fitness, so being the change might just be the motivation that others need. The awesome thing about this is that you will then have more people to exercise with and encourage you to keep prioritising your fitness too! If you want to surround yourself with people that also put fitness at the top of their priority list, then come in to AJ’s. Just begin with a small commitment and a small physical challenge and as you start to see the positive change it will make in your life, you will find it easier to make healthier decisions for the rest of your life.
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