Heidi Shoemaker, Dietitian, NASM-CPT, Renown Health Management Services
Do you ever feel burned out or just tired of always trying to eat right and exercise? I do!
Sometimes when life gets stressful or overwhelming, it can be even harder to eat right and exercise. Remember stress hormones make you gain weight and that weight tends to take residence on your belly area.
We all have stress, but too much stress can make you tired and not care what you eat and not take the time to exercise. Then you feel worse because you are not taking good care of yourself and then the vicious cycle begins. Let’s stop the cycle!
What needs to be the focus during these times is doing things that help you relax (and I don’t mean eating cookies). If you are caught in a particularly stressful moment, just stop for a few minutes and breath. If you close your eyes and try to take 3 – 5 second inhales and then 3 – 5 second exhales, we quickly realize we haven’t been breathing very well! Not breathing well limits oxygen and can make you fatigued. Oxygen is also key to your metabolism.
We rush through our work day and rush through our meal, and before we know it another week/month/year has passed. What about yoga or Tai Chi? Or just a 10 minute walk and/or some simple stretches before you go to bed at night? How about meditation or prayer? Or reading something inspirational? I love the book “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Miguel Angel Ruiz. It really helped me and I try to read it once a year because the concepts can change your life.
If you are struggling to keep up with your healthy lifestyle choices, consider sitting down in a quiet place and writing down what your goals are for yourself. Do you want to feel better? Look better? Improve your health? Increase your self-esteem? Wear smaller clothes? Keep up with your kids/grandkids? What do you value? Have you fallen away from some things that mean a lot to you (family, spirituality, etc)?
This list can motivate you when you are having a rough day. You might say, “I am too tired to exercise today.” But then you remember that exercise gives you energy and having more energy is important to you. So instead of exercising to lose weight, you do it to feel better and have more energy. It can be so helpful to take some quiet time to listen to your heart.
Take care of yourself and Happy Fall!