While most people are familiar with the concept of living a balanced life, few actually put this into practice. We live in a world that is always on the go, and it can be a challenge to pause during a busy day, take a deep breath and reset. But by continuing on this path, other important aspects of your life are neglected, and this can ultimately lead to the deterioration of your health. The search for balance between the head, heart, and hands is the ultimate goal, and although attaining this may seem easier said than done, with discipline it is possible to achieve.
Ever wonder why you just don’t seem to have any energy? Take a look at your typical day. Are you someone who once your alarm goes off in the morning doesn’t stop until it’s time for bed again? If this pattern sounds familiar and big breaks throughout your day are out of the question, consider taking several smaller breaks. Even stopping for five minutes at a time to clear your thoughts can be a simple yet effective way of reducing stress. Once you are able to allow your mind to relax, you may find that your daily stresses are much more manageable and over time, fewer and farther between.
Consuming a balanced diet and enjoying a wide variety of foods will ensure your body is receiving all of the different nutrients required to function properly. When we consume too much of the same foods, we will end up with a surplus of some nutrients but will be deficient in many others. If we expect our bodies to function optimally, then we need to provide the proper fuel, preferably on a daily basis. Preparing balanced, healthy meals can be time consuming, but is imperative if we want to feel our best.
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating”, says Edward Stanley, “will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Ideally, balance would transcend into every facet of our lives. From work to play, rest to activity, companionship to solitude; all of these require an active, conscious effort in order to achieve evenness. Most of us strive to lead a healthy lifestyle and if we are able to find balance, it will in turn lead to health. Start off small by choosing an area of your life that is noticeably out of sync, and figure out a way of tipping the scales. Once you have that specific area of your life sorted, move on to the next. This can take time but is worth the effort if it means your quality of life will improve.
Hayley (250-688-0024) and Kate (250-688-0221) are certified personal trainers with Fitness 4 Life. Visit their website at www.fitness4life.tv for current rates and specials.