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Why your mani/pedi could be setting back your health and fitness

It’s true. Your manicure and pedicure could actually be damaging your health.

I enjoy getting a pedicure every now and then. I use it as a treat for all the hard work I have been doing or as a way to relax after a stressful week. The danger to your health is when you are doing this on a regular basis, but not finding the time to exercise.

True Story: I am usually sporting my Storm Fitness gear if I get the rare chance during the day to head out for a quick manicure or pedicure between clients. Yes, living in workout gear is just how I roll given my profession and it’s something my friends have just gotten used to. However, this inevitably leads to lots of questions from curious seekers about what I do and where I work. 

More often then not when I tell people I own a personal training company I get the standard “ Oh, I really need to hire you – I am so out of shape” or “I wish I had time to workout.” It always leaves me quite puzzled that these ladies have time to get a gel manicure and a pedicure at over an hour and half in length, but they can’t find time to squeeze exercise in.

Even just 15-20 minutes 4-5 times a week would have equaled the length of time they just spent having their nails done. Which always leaves me pondering a further question. Why are we putting our nails above our health and physical well-being?

Exercise is truly one of natures best medicines to cure depression, boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. Who wouldn’t want that? I think instead we need to look at where we are dedicating our time and resources before saying we can’t find the time to exercise. If you can’t find 15-20 minutes in your day to give to yourself and your health then there are much bigger issues on hand.

Instead try re-prioritizing your manicure and pedicure and any other special treats you are giving to yourself that are taking up your precious time. Wake up 15-20 minutes early and start with 3 simple exercises or stretches to get your day started.

If this sounds too difficult just pop in a DVD or do 20 minutes of a free You Tube video. Make a commitment that you want this. Make it a priority above your nails and any other special extra’s you have been giving yourself. You will feel so much better from the inside out. Sure, it might be tough the first few weeks, but if you can stick it out for a month it will become part of your routine that you won’t want to live without.


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