Updated: May 2
Last year before the pandemic started, I found myself not working out consistently and my overall health was not where it should have been. My sleep was poor, my energy was generally low, and my diet could have been better. I also was more concerned about everyone else’s health & wellness that I just neglected mine. Then the pandemic hit, and at first, I was like “Oh I will probably be off work for a few weeks, but I should be back within 4-6 weeks. Then 18 months later here we are, still adjusting to this new normal.
During those 18 months, it gave me time to reflect, recharge and focus on my health and wellness. I started consistently working out, something I have not done since my twins were born. I change my eating habits and become vegan for about 9 months and currently, I follow a predominantly plant-based diet. Also, my energy came back, and I started sleeping better. It was not all glitz and glamour, I did lose some friends and loved ones during that time, and you may have as well. Life is not guaranteed, and we take risks every day so we should be thankful we are still here.
Health is wealth, and if you have not already you should start focusing on your health and wellbeing while you can. This is not written for me to convince you to become vegan or to lose a bunch of weight or gain muscle necessarily. This is for you to be more conscious of your health and well-being along with taking steps to improve it. Maybe you are where you want to be and that is fine but if you are still reading this then chances are you are not.
This is not an overnight process, it takes time. I took my advice and did it in steps. It starts in your mind, deciding to make a change. Then physically making the effort for change, incorporating fitness & nutrition. Once you can take care of yourself, you will be there to take care of others. If you are ready to start taking control of your health & need a push or some assistance, then reach out to me.
N'Namdi Nelson, M.B.A, CSCS, ACSM-EP, PES, CES