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June 14 - Take Care of Others by Taking Care of Yourself

Take time for yourself so you can take care of others. What does this mean to you? Does this sound too selfish or too hard? Whatever you previously thought or felt about this concept, set it aside and look at it with new light. Just as the airline attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping someone else with theirs, you must take care of your needs before you can attend to the needs of others. Today, look over your week and find pockets of time you can devote to caring for yourself – exercising, cooking, relaxing or doing something you enjoy.

Most people say they never have time to workout never have time to prepare a healthy meal or snack, never have time to drink enough water, and never have time to rest. Then, when it’s too late, they are overweight, underweight or have all sorts of health problems. Everyone has family and we need to stay healthy in order to take care of our family. If we get sick then we cannot go to work to provide for our family or we may feel too weak to take care of them. We need to take care of ourselves to be around to take care of our children and to see our grand children grow.

Start today, everyone has time to be healthy. Take 30-60 minutes of your day to exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the furthest parking stall instead of the closest and get a few extra steps in. Find a workout out buddy or someone who motivates you. Prepare your meals for the week on your day off. Drink healthy shakes when you are running late. Snack on fruits and vegetables instead of a bag of chips. For people who say they can’t drink enough water, buy a water bottle and keep drinking and refilling it throughout the day. Go to bed earlier and take a 20 min nap when needed. Get up and start taking care of yourself today!

My name is Josh Lyon and I am a personal trainer at Saint Mary’s Fitness Center, I live an active healthy life because life is too short to make it any shorter. I have a 7 month old son and every day I make healthy choices so I can be there to see him grow into a man and one day take care of his own children.