Friday, 16 November 2018

Respect your own time and health

I've noticed this more and more over the past few years with some clients, and I partially blame myself.  I've become too relaxed on my 24-hr cancellation policy, and I've become too flexible in scheduling for people which I think has back fired when it comes to consistency and the client's own health.  Especially with my clients having been around for so many years in the majority of cases.

Our world is only getting busier. Although I feel that we're, at the very least, realizing that busier is not better.  And I know, @#$% happens and things come up.  That's a given, and that's life (this is why I like being flexible for people).  But many times, I've seen it where something preventable arises and people set their own time/health aside for those things, rather than working the other things around their time/health. 

Your workout time / activity time (whatever you want to call it) is valuable. It's very important for you. More of us need to make it that wayWe need to make it THE PRIORITY in our day and work the rest of our schedules around that.  

On days where we "just don't feel it", are in actuality the BEST days to do your routine, health habits etc.  Granted there are days where we shouldn't (you're sick for example).  But let's be honest;  we all know when we're just simply being lazy and putting it off, and when we legitimately can't do it.  The days where we just decide "nah! I'll do it tomorrow or another day" are the days we lose traction! Those are the days that eventually lead to bad habits, and a lack of consistency (and therefore inevitably, have a negative impact on our overall health).  Those are the habit killers!

We are our own worst enemy.  You know yourself when something is preventable.  The sad part is, we can actually prevent poor health by doing simple little things daily, yet we too often find a "better" excuse to skip those health practices and "do them later". 

Here's a few ways to show yourself (and others) that you respect your own time and health; 

1) Be on time.  By this I mean for any appointment or scheduled event you have.  Being late the odd time (may) happen.  But if it's every single time..... that's simply bad habits. Being on time shows that you respect the other people's time involved, and it shows you care about your own time and efforts.  It shows you feel the value in what you're doing.  

I've had many people who are chronically late for their workout sessions.  I currently have clients who are chronically late.  When I total up the time lost over the course of a week, month and even year for some of these people, it's crazy!  Imagine if these people used that time lost efficiently how much more they could have health wise!  Wow.  

In addition to that, often what we do in our own health practices relates to who we are in everyday life (like sports in my opinion).  What I mean by that is, I see sessions scheduled with me as my "client's time".  A time for them.  Those who are chronically late for THEIR sessions, are also the same people who are late in every other aspect of their lives on a daily basis. I've seen it. It's true. 

2) If you have a time set for YOU, do your best to make everything else schedule around it.  Whether you have 20min or 60min set aside for yourself to workout, meditate, go for a walk, read, meet with a friend etc... It doesn't matter - Make it your priority!!  Everything else needs to be scheduled around that time for you.  

Things will come up the odd time where you can't avoid changing your plans, but the majority of the time YOU are in control of YOUR schedule.  When something comes up or is offered during that time, you ideally should be saying, "I'm sorry I can't do that time.  Can we schedule something around this or on another day?" Respect your own time. Get in the habit. 

3) The act of keeping your regular routine is the key ingredient. With the two previous points, we can apply them to anything in life. This point in particular is related to health practices, where just doing something (even it's if it's modified) is the most important part.  I know for a fact that some people will NOT do their workout sometimes because they feel they just "won't be able to put a lot into it". That's fine.  Life brings us energy flows that go up and down naturally for various reasons.  But that's really no excuse to do nothing.  That's a day where you do a lighter workout, maybe some mobility work, some yoga or meditation etc... A modified workout is still a workout. The key element being that you kept your routine of doing "something" which only will positively impact your health vs feed the bad habit dragon. 

This is re-iterating how health is much more than just fitness and nutrition.  We often have to look at how other aspects of our lifestyle is impacting our overall health and wellbeing.