The Real Meaning of Fit – Really Good You Series
By Laura Weiss, Guest Blogger
As a teacher, it can be hard to maintain the motivation to lead a healthy life. School days can be exhausting, lingering work can mean extra hours after school, and there always seems to be something sweet lurking in the teacher’s room. Here are five things I have found to be useful:
1. Find a fit friend
Having a co-worker with similar goals is extremely helpful. I have many friends at work who I talk with on a daily basis about healthy meal ideas and workouts that actually work. We also keep each other motivated by going to the gym together.
2. Make “you” a priority
There is always going to be more work, but there is only one you. Find the time to get to the gym, do a workout at home, or go for a walk. Exercise is important both physically and mentally.
3. Keep healthy snacks on hand
I have found that having extra snacks is always good on days when whatever I have packed just doesn’t seem filling. Dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and Greek yogurt are my go-to snacks.
4. Indulge a little
Chocolate, cupcakes, cookies, I’m a sucker for any sugary treat. If I were to avoid these delicious delicacies every day, I’d go crazy. Dark chocolate or frozen yogurt are healthy desserts that satisfy my sweet tooth. Find something that fits your craving and give in every once in a while.
5. Give yourself a break
Eating healthy and going to the gym is important but sometimes it just isn’t possible. Everyone has an off day. Don’t let one bad day get in the way of your fitness goal.
I used to think that the word “fit” could only be used to describe athletes and the skinny people I saw at the gym. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t see past the extra pounds. Fit isn’t about reaching that end goal but about seeing myself get strong- physically and mentally and leading a healthier life.
What does fit mean to you?
About the Author
Laura Weiss is a second grade teacher in Massachusetts. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Rich, their two cats, Marvin & Mini, and their guinea pig, Juno. Outside of school, Laura works at her local gym and participates in group workout classes. Laura is grateful to have incredible family and friends who support her.