There has been a common theme that I’ve been hearing lately as an excuse, more so than I normally hear – and yes, I said excuse. What is it, you ask?
“It’s the summer – I don’t feel like I can really commit because I want to have fun and drink.”
Okay, let me start off by saying that I completely understand wanting to go out, be social, and have a few drinks with your friends during the summertime. Who doesn’t love going to the beach, lying out in the sun, grabbing some refreshing alcoholic drinks, and going swimming? Who doesn’t love going over to a friends for a barbeque, eating some foods that aren’t considered very healthy, and once again, having a few drinks? No one! Everyone likes doing these things - I get it. I really do. It’s the summertime…you should be out enjoying yourselves, and making memories with friends and family.
Why does summertime fun have to be the one and only choice? Why does your health have to be completely ignored for you to feel like you’re living a fun life during the summer? Do you think that health coaches, personal trainers, and other nutrition/fitness related career individuals don’t ever drink or indulge in something that they wouldn’t normally? If you do, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re wrong! We do!!
People who understand that health is perpetual realize that they need to commit to their health even more so to ‘combat’ the unhealthy summertime habits that they’re indulging in. Health isn’t something that you work on just when you feel like it, or when you want to lose a few pounds.
Newsflash people, there is more to your health than weight loss!
When you neglect to take care of yourself, you most likely won’t notice that many effects in the short-term. Yes, you’ll probably notice a lowered immune system, decreased energy (and therefore, increased caffeine addiction), some weight gain, bloating, etc. But the short-term effects aren’t the things that really matter as much. It’s the long-term effects of a person’s neglect to take care of their health that are of the highest concern.
Long-term effects include high blood pressure issues, increased chance for diabetes, depression, anxiety, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, memory loss, dementia, macular degeneration, heart attacks, and of having nutritional deficiencies. I don’t know about you – but I’d prefer to take care of myself now rather than having to maintain life with one of these.
By eating as healthy as possible, eating the unhealthy food every now and then, controlling yourself with the amount of alcohol you consume, while exercising at least 3-5 times a week, you can still have a fun summer.
Life is about experiencing new things, and making memories, but it’s also about LIVING. I’d rather live a long, happy, and healthy life throughout my entire time on this Earth. I’d like to be able to remember my fond memories, and have the ability to be active and healthy as I get into my older years. I’d like to be able to be healthy and active for my family, and to be able to experience life with the generations that are to come in my family.
You only get one body, and you only get this life.
Take care of yourself by making your health a priority today.
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Just a 29 year old fitness loving, simple food eating, guitar playing, wine drinking, #MomBoss of 2. Inspiring the shit out of other women to BE MORE. ✌️