Everyone has different ideas of what health means to them.
At the gym the other day, Anne, my co-blogger, and I were talking about sustainable weight loss and health and this girl came up to us and told us about an “awesome opportunity” for “healthy weight loss” She was selling something, but she really believed her opportunity was healthy. It wasn’t. Trust me. And when I say “trust me” I mean trust the hundreds of studies proving it is not healthy, nor sustainable. Rather it is a fad.
So today I want to talk about health. I am calling this the Pentagon of Health because there are five sides of health, and each side has its own parts. I am not an expert, nor do I claim to lead the healthiest lifestyle. However, I do know that unless you address all 5 sides, or the Pentagon of health, you won’t be healthy.
What are the five sides?
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Emotional health
- Spiritual health
- Social health
The Pentagon is a government building, and it is highly secured. While there have been some attacks on it, and while a few have been successful, it is one of the most secure buildings in the world. That should be how we approach our health. We should be secure in our health, and protect it. We should know that while we might have a few attacks, that we are protected from the majority of illness, disease, and problems others might face.
Over the next several weeks, we will share some health articles that pertain to these five sides. So that we can shore up our Pentagon of health and protect our bodies!
Today I will start with 5 ways you can fit exercise into a busy schedule. I know what busy is, so these are how I have made exercise a bigger priority.
- Schedule it in. Unless you make time, you won’t find time. I know if I tell myself that I will make it to the gym, or on a run, or to a class at some point, I never do. But if I have a planned time I usually squeeze it in.
- Incorporate it into daily life. Find ways to add a little exercise into what you are already doing. I was at Lagoon (a local theme park) the other day, and needed to use the bathroom. No seat covers. So I did a squat over the toilet. My legs were burning, but I did it. There are lots of ways to fit extra exercise in. If you haven’t already, read this post, Anne offers fun ideas for exercise at home and with kids. Other ideas are doing exercise during commercials, while you are on the phone, waiting in line at the grocery store.
- Include a friend. We are far less likely to let someone else down than ourselves. If you are having trouble fitting exercise into your busy schedule, try inviting a friend a long. You will be unlikely to stand them up.
- Say “No”. One of the main reasons many people find it hard to fit exercise in is they have over-extended themselves. It is time to make exercise a priority. Do you really need to watch your neighbor’s child? Or help with the school carnival? I am not saying it isn’t important to serve others, but at what expense? Your health matters, prioritize it.
- Make it a family affair. I know it is hard to find enough hours in the day to spend time as a family, work, keep the house clean, etc. So combining exercise with family time helps. It is also really good for the whole family. There are plenty of ways to exercise as a family. Last summer we bought all of our kids roller blades and took a trip back to the 90’s! But boy do we have fun on family roller blading outings. We take family bike rides. Go on hikes. We jump on the trampoline together. We play kickball as a family. All of this is fun exercise we can do together.
Check out some of these great articles about fitting fitness into your busy life: