Remember that little thing they tell us on the plane – put your oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on the kids. The same concept applies to your own health. I know it doesn’t seem fashionable or altruistic to look at yourself first, but ask yourself: if you get sick, or are not operating optimally, how can you do all that you need to do and enjoy life at the same time?
It is no lie that the obesity crisis in America is mostly afflicting women, particularly women who are mothers and in their 30s and 40s. Is it due to a lack of time? Or perhaps guilt that you should be working, or running the kids to their endless soccer practices?
For so many working moms, the daily time hierarchy goes something like this:
- Work and commute for about nine hours;
- Sleep for about seven hours (if you’re lucky);
- Food preparation and consumption gets about three hours;
- Time with family (helping kids with homework and spending quality time with a spouse or a friend) gets roughly one to three depending on the day.
In the best case, this leaves one to three hours a day for yourself and being a typical American mom the last thing you think about is yourself. Basic health maintenance gets pushed aside as the last priority, much less getting to the gym or cooking and eating a healthy meal, which seem like luxuries that to most of us we just can’t afford.
So, when is it that you are supposed to fit in personal time for relaxation or going to the gym? And let’s say you do go? What do you do when you’re there? Will you actually make meaningful progress while there futzing around with the treadmill and some arbitrary contraptions?
Here is the thing, and it’s kind of a big thing: if you don’t take care of yourself first how do you expect to take care of anyone else? Or make food? Or do your job well? Remember, put your oxygen mask on first. Your car can wait, your house, your job…all that stuff is secondary to your health and well-being. And your well-being depends on all of the above. Feeling like crap reduces all life’s joys and toys to worthless pieces of junk and wasted time.
You most certainly will lack in performance as a mom or a spouse if you are obese or dealing with diseases like diabetes, not to mention the lack of esteem this creates (and no one has time for self-loathing).
What if I told you that there are specialty places that teach you how to exercise safely, get you in and out in about hour and tell you exactly what to do and how to eat to optimize your health?
What if I told you that you could make your goals in about three to four hours a week at the gym and it would be fun and actually keep your interest in a safe and like-minded environment? What if I told you that this would increase your energy, make you look better and give you more confidence and capability as a mom and a person in an ever-demanding world? If you knew about a place like this, what would it take for you to make the first call?
My team and I founded Black Box Fitness back in 2010 to provide a proven and efficient way for women and men alike to flip that switch from being sedentary to becoming active. And it’s why we exist today. As we look ahead into our eighth year, we are recommitting ourselves to providing solutions to the crisis I just described.
To me and our staff, NOTHING is more rewarding than guiding you toward a more balanced and healthful life. So, if you do one thing for you this year, make yourself a priority! We are here to help.