Sometimes, when I tell people I’m into health, they get a surprised look on their face.
Okay, I get it. I’m not fit enough to run a marathon and I get winded after carrying my groceries up a flight of stairs.
Then I just laugh a little bit and let them know, in the kindest way possible, that they have a misconception about what health is. In reality, it’s about balance. There is so much more to being healthy than being this super in shape person who only eats kale.
If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering why the heck I have this authority to talk to you about health. I’m going to be upfront: I’m just a normal person, a self-proclaimed expert at balancing.
I graduated from my undergrad program in May 2017 & now I’m a nurse in an ICU in the Midwest. I see a lot of people who could learn about how to balance things in their life.
There’s a great interview with Mindy Kaling I was watching the other day where she’s talking about running and makes a comment that it takes a lot of effort to look like a normal, chubby woman. But that’s the great part. I’m not a health nut, I definitely enjoy donuts. But I’m also at the gym on a regular basis.
I love this quote from the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
It’s a state of being- not a character trait or a body type.
I was not healthy in college. I mean, I tried to be healthy, but I had very little will power. I was SO involved: student council, the senior banquet committee, small groups, and student leadership. All that and normal classes! When was I supposed to go to the gym?
Does anyone else feel that way? We try to balance eating pizza for three meals in a row with maybe trying to find something green. Or we’ll go to the gym if we’re doing really well at procrastinating.
I knew when I graduated that I was going to need to change something. In college, even if you don’t go to the gym- you’re walking all the time. You at least have veggies there as an option if you really wanted them. And you have a built-in community of peers around you.
I had the looming fear of all the advice that was telling me that I was going to become this insane and sedentary person.
PSA: I hate cooking, working out, and talking about my feelings- all very normal things that healthy people do.
My current life mantra is: I’m in a constant state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it.
So let’s dive in to Part 1, shall we?
The first thing that comes to mind when you think healthy is usually working out. And I promise I hate it more than you.
Here are some tips & tricks that I’ve uncovered!
- It’s okay if you can’t afford a gym membership!
- Scope out YMCA memberships [you could get a family membership with your pals]
- Donation-based classes are available in some bigger cities such as New York and LA
- Check out as many free-trials as you can! [I’ve been to so many Cycle Bar classes without even paying for one.]
- YouTube has AMAZING tutorials. You can find one that is just your speed with minimal (or no) equipment.
- A lot of jobs will have a discount program or at least a small gym in house.
- Group exercise classes are FUN
- If you hate exercising, sometimes the added pressure of some people around you helps give you that boost.
- Try to get active at work.
- Walk for 10 minutes at least every hour.
- Ask for a standing desk if appropriate (maybe not if you’re a fireman or someone who tests the structural integrity of chairs).
- Workout straight from work.
- Pack your clothes on the way to work.
- Do not make eye contact with your bed. Or you’ll never leave.
Find what works for you! Maybe you’re a runner, maybe you like the elliptical. I prefer to run inside, but some people can’t stand it.
Try out a few things before settling on your jam! Let me know what you find!
Go work it out!