You’re Number One

By Amy Schwartz
Fitness & Wellness Director, Jewish Community Center

Is your life about volunteering for school, cleaning up messes, making snacks, planning meals, driving to school, scheduling play dates, etc.? Do you feel guilty when you do something for yourself?

Making “you” a priority helps the whole family. Having a family is one of the greatest joys in life. But it can also be one of the hardest parts of your life to integrate with your exercise routine. Why? Because people often put their families before themselves – often going so far as to forget their own needs.

Since most of us already know that we should take care of ourselves—but often have trouble figuring out how to do it—here are some guidelines for getting there:

  • Protect the “physical” you with adequate sleep, regular exercise, and good nutrition.
  • Value the “emotional” you as much as the physical, with a support system of friends.
  • Schedule fun activities often—it’s just as important to plan pleasure as it is to plan work.
  • Combine family time with exercise—go for a hike, ride bikes, play Frisbee, go to the park.
  • And finally, learn to say “No!” Reserve your “yes” for the things that are most important to you.

Just remember – you are as important as your kids. Yes, your family needs your time and energy. Taking care of yourself sets a great example. Positive energy creates more positive energy. The happier and healthier you are, the happier and healthier your kids and spouse will be.

There are so many time efficient ways to get in at least an hour of fitness that will help you be healthy. Group fitness classes provide a social atmosphere, great energy and extra motivation – or hire a personal trainer to help you meet your personal fitness goals.

Want to learn more about group fitness classes or personal training at the JCC? Contact Lynn Rosen-Stone (Owings Mills JCC) 410-559-3535 or Jackie Foreman (Park Heights JCC) 410-500-5919.

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