Five Tips for Achieving Your Health & Wellness Goals
At the start of the New Year, many of us feel motivated to live by the “New Year, New Me” mantra. But sometimes we set goals for ourselves that can be unrealistic, or can even be unhealthy. With the fast-paced, busy nature of the music industry, it can be difficult to stick to fitness focused resolutions. Here are 5 tips to realistically help you stay on track with your health & wellness goals.
Set a Feeling Focused Intention
Take a moment to think about why you want to lead a healthier lifestyle, and how you want to feel when you achieve your goal. Maybe you want to have more energy so you can perform better on tour, or you want to sleep better so you can feel more rested at work. Whatever your reason for a lifestyle change, remember to focus on how you want to feel, as opposed to doing it because you “should.”
Focus on Intuitive Eating, Not Restrictive Eating
Everywhere we look there are diets promising quick, magical weight loss results, but focusing on shedding the pounds can be detrimental. Diets often restrict the nutrients that our bodies need and foster negative body image. They also don’t promote long term healthy eating plans. Instead of restricting the foods you crave, start to focus on listening to your body more. Eat a good meal when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re feeling full. You’ll soon find you want to eat healthy foods because of how it makes you feel. If you’re craving something, have that food in moderation. Remember you’re working toward a lifestyle change, and a healthy lifestyle includes indulging once in a while.
Find What Works for You
Staying active looks different for everyone, and it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym everyday. Maybe you like the high-energy of a dance class, or the serenity of yoga. Give yourself time to try out new forms of exercise that you think you might like, and stick with the one that you genuinely enjoy. If you have an active friend, ask to join them when they exercise. Working out doesn’t have to feel like a chore, it should improve your wellbeing, and there’s no sense in doing something you don’t like.
Be Efficient with Your Time
As music professionals, we face a unique challenge with long hours, varying schedules, and demanding careers. It can feel overwhelming to add time for working out into an already packed schedule. You don’t need to be hitting the gym or your pilates class everyday to be active. If you’re on tour, try to take quick walks during rest stops and stretch before and after performances. If you’re in an office, consider doing chair yoga or taking a walk at lunchtime. If you work from home, look into getting a standing desk or squeeze in quick 20 minute at-home workouts.
Your Journey is Your Own
Your fitness journey doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s, and there’s no use in putting yourself down by comparing yourself to others. Everyone’s version of healthy looks different, because everyone’s bodies are different. There is no right way to look, or right time to start your journey. Building habits takes time, so don’t feel rushed to reach a certain milestone at the same time as someone else.
If you want to speak to a professional on your journey to a healthy lifestyle, Unison’s assistance hotline is available for anyone in the Canadian music community registered with Unison. Call 1-855-9UNISON to access counselling.