The Importance Of Taking Care Of Yourself


Summary

If you have ever been on a plane, you may have heard instructions that told you to, in case the plane depressurizes in an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before attempting to help someone else with theirs. The reason for this is that unless you take care of yourself, you are not able to assist others.


If you have ever been on a plane, you may have heard instructions that told you to, in case the plane depressurizes in an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before attempting to help someone else with theirs. The reason for this is that unless you take care of yourself, you are not able to assist others.

I am a fitness instructor and I talk to a lot of people about their fitness. Sometimes it is hard, because when I ask people the questions, “How did you get out of shape?” the answers often have to do with the fact that they have not taken care of themselves.

However, it should be obvious that you will not have the ability to assist others unless you have spent some time and energy helping yourself. I frequently ask people a couple of questions. These questions are, “In what ways are you investing in yourself?” and “In what ways are you investing in other people?” The point is, it is very difficult to invest is people if you have not also made it a priority to invest in yourself.

Some people think that you cannot work on your own health and dreams if you have children. This is because they think taking care of children supersedes taking care of themselves. However, you cannot give away what you do not possess yourself. Why do you think you can teach your children what you are not practicing?

There is a startling epidemic of childhood obesity in our country. One of the reasons for this is the fact that many parents are not taking care of themselves. They are practicing bad habits and are inadvertently teaching their children to also not take care of themselves. Do parents really want their children living unhealthy lives?

It is time to take a good look at ourselves and accept the fact that we have to take responsibility for what we are teaching our children about taking care of themselves. Start today to eat a good breakfast, get at least twenty five minutes of exercise and change your life. Do it for you and do it for those around you.

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