Spring Exercise Series: Taking Care of Yourself
Exercise is great, and so is eating right. Many of us think a healthy lifestyle stops there, but our health is a more complex thing than we often realize. Taking care of the little things can make a big difference.
One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is getting enough sleep. When we’re under the gun, a good night’s sleep is one of the first things to go. Sleep is the body’s way of renewing itself, and lack of it can leave you groggy, confused and irritable. It can sap your energy, both mental and physical and undo much of the good work you’re doing in your exercise program.
Another aspect of our lives that often gets overlooked is our emotional health. We generally exercise to feel better, and thus increase our overall happiness. However if our emotional health is out of balance, then happiness is still elusive. Take the time to examine whether the inner you is doing as well as the outer you. Good physical health is often the key to improving many other aspects of our lives, but it is not enough by itself.
Keep these two important aspects in mind as you begin your spring training regimen. If you’re the fittest person on the planet and are still miserable, then you haven’t accomplished one of the key aspects of an exercise program, which is a healthier—and happier— you!