The New Year brings us an opportunity to start afresh and relook at how we would like our lives to be. Our goals, short-term and long-term, personal and professional, are scrutinized most closely this time of the year. We constantly introspect, on how we can better ourselves, our lives and even the lives of our loved ones.
In this list of resolutions, our health and wellbeing are always somewhere in the top three. We all want to be stronger, maybe lose a couple of kilos or inches, eat clean or maybe even give up a habit like smoking. Our mindsets towards wellness have transformed for the good over the years. Some of you may recall that there was a time when the health of one’s family was more important than one’s own.
I have particularly noticed this paradigm shift when interacting with clients at Pilates for Wellbeing, who make time for their classes and lessons around back-to-back work commitments, kids’ exams, travel plans, festivals and so much more that is always happening. To quote one of my favorite examples, from in-flight safety demos – you need to secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.
Your health is your oxygen mask – you need to be in sound health first, so that you can help your loved ones. I would like to leave you with a few learnings from my fitness own goals over the years which I hope you find helpful while penning down your own. Be constant and consistent. Whether you want to come to class three times a week or just two, ensure you stick to it. A 360-degree approach works best in the long run. It’s not just about working out, but ensuring you get the right nutrition, enough sleep and rest days, staying hydrated, mindfulness and so much more.
Mental health matters. No matter how physically ‘fit’ we are, it all begins from within first. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help, even if you feel you don’t need it. May 2021 be your best year yet!