My name is Trish and I blog over at Beyond the Khaki Pants and I am excited to be filling in for Giselle today talking about health!!
One of my passions as a physical therapist is talking to my patients about prioritizing health in their lives. It’s something I talk about many times per day. As a PT, I know I ask a lot of my patients. I make them come see me once or twice a week. I ask them to do their exercises at home. I ask them to stop doing activities that they may love.
Even though many of my patients think that I am asking a lot of them, really what I want is for them to make health a priority in their life. That is, after all, my goal for them. And unfortunately, the trend I see with my patients is not going in the direction of making healthy lifestyle choices. I firmly believe that you can have everything in this world, but it would mean absolutely nothing without good health. Yet, we take our health for granted so often.
If there is one thing I know about living a healthy life is that it takes time, money and energy. These three things are what I constantly hear as barriers to living a health-full lifestyle. These are tips and tricks I use to help motivate others to make health a top priority in their life.
The problem? Finding time to make a healthy dinner and hit the gym are the basic necessities of being healthy. I think this is the number one excuse I hear that prohibits people from prioritizing health. Many don’t have time to make dinner or time to go to the gym. I get it. I really do. Life is busy.
The solution: What I encourage is thinking about this time as a top priority in someone’s day. I want people to think about the time at the gym or making dinner being just as important and necessary as going to work. While I know you have to go to work and you don’t have to go to the gym, it’s the idea that if someone changes their perspective on the value of this time, it will help create new patterns. Saying “no” to some obligations may be necessary in order to free up time in the day for exercise, cooking and general rest.
The problem? Being healthy costs money. I’m here to tell you that it does. There are, of course, frugal ways to incorporate health into your life, but I know that being healthy costs money. Gym memberships..cost money. Babysitters (if you need one to go work out)… cost money. Healthy food…costs money (and typically far more than processed and unhealthy foods). When you don’t have enough money to go around, it’s hard to prioritize health.
The solution: Out of all the money you bring in each month, I encourage patients to spend it on their health BEFORE things like clothes, technology or events. When health becomes a priority, it’s easier to think about spending this way. This is tough…there may not be a lot of money to go around and the commercialism mindset of our society makes it easy to buy buy buy. Say no to eating out once a week so that you can afford that gym membership.
The problem? Finding the energy to do it all is tough. And I know the last thing many people want to do after a long day at work or school is go exercise. It’s a slippery slope though. The more people stop exercising, the more likely they are to feel fatigued. Then they stop exercising more…and then consequently feel more fatigued. See where I’m going with this?
The solution: Find the energy to work out by starting with a group class or getting together with a friend. Build off the energy from the group. Before you know it, it will be a lot easier to find the energy to work out and will likely find yourself sleeping better because of it.
How do you prioritize health in your life?