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Highline Athletic Club: ‘Back to School Time is also Rediscovering Me Time’

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HAC25AnnivIf you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you are familiar with the flight attendant safety speech instructing that, in the event of an emergency, you should put your own oxygen mask on before helping your children.

It makes sense. I mean, if you’re unconscious, you aren’t going to be much help to anyone are you?

The same goes for your everyday health. You have to make taking care of yourself, which includes eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, a daily priority. This, however, is a little easier said than done. If you are a parent that has a tendency to put everyone else’s needs ahead of yourself, it may feel selfish to spend even just a few minutes a day focusing to yourself when you feel like there isn’t enough of you to go around as it is.

You can’t think this way. Neglecting your physical health is not only a disservice to yourself, but a disservice to those that rely on you most. It is up to you to set a healthy example for your children and that starts with your own habits. Not only does regular physical activity help control your weight, it has a whole host of other positive benefits, including decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and a release in endorphins that improve your mood, helps reduce stress, and clears your mind, so you are better equipped to handle your already crazy days.

The good news is, when it comes to your health, it’s never too late to start. And with back to school time just around the corner, here is your opportunity to rediscover some “me-time” and get your health back on track.

So while your kids are at school working hard and preparing for their future, you should spend some time every day working hard to ensure you’ll to be around to enjoy it with them. Consider it an insurance policy.

You don’t need to block out hours everyday to get in regular exercise. All it takes is 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. You can even split it up and tackle it in 10 minute intervals if you need to. Take a quick walk around the neighborhood, pop in a fitness DVD at home or if you are really looking for some quality me-time to get away and focus, head to the gym. It’s like a little date you take yourself on. There’s something about knowing that from this o’clock to that o’clock, it’s all about me, and I’m going to spend it doing something that makes me feel good.

And best of all, you will be leading by example, showing your children that their health is precious and should be treated as such.

In good health,
Kelly Turner
Membership Services
Highline Athletic Club

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