Pay Yourself First.

I know you want to be healthy – you wouldn’t be here reading this if you didn’t. I also know how often the steps we need to take to be healthy (like exercise) can feel like a daunting chore. – and sometimes that “chore like” mentality can be darn right draining!


That call of the warm covers and the thoughts of staying in dreamland just a little longer are hard to break free from to get out and do your morning routine.


We know how the day sometimes seems to just draw you in and sweep you off into all kinds of different directions. Directions that feel much more important at the time – leaving any plan of exercise or that healthy meal you wanted to make a lost thought for another day.


We can feel like we are fighting against ourselves  – which is no fun and not helpful!


What if we refocused with the mentality of paying yourself first. 


What if we thought about starting your day, or blocking “sacred” time off in your day to prioritize you. To pay yourself first.


With this mentality our action steps are no longer just a task or chore that needs to be checked off your list. This is you making a deposit into your health bank account.


We often hear of this concept of pay yourself first in the world of finance. Wouldn’t our health be just as “or more” important?


This is a flip to an act of self care. To your quality time. To one of the most important and treasured aspects of your day. You giving to you.


To ensure that we are taken care of for today as well as in the future. To ensure that we have more than enough to give of ourselves to the people, adventures, and goals that mean the most to us.


Mindset flip! 


Exercise, healthy fuel, meditation, journalling, planning proper sleep…. all of these things can have a deeper meaning and are now opportunities vs chores.


Have a great day!

Shawna Cook

Shawna is a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, who has been working in Cardiac Rehabilitation for over 10 years. Her years in the health and fitness field however have spanned over the past 2+ decades. As an elite level athlete she fell in love with understanding the human body, and how the choices she made, affected how it performed. This led to a degree from the University of Winnipeg in the stream of Athletic Therapy, and the passion towards helping others recover from injury and "be their best selves" grew.