The importance of a Balanced Life.

Life can't be all work or all play - it is very important to find good balance.  Especially in today's day and age, maintaining a balanced life is becoming increasingly more important for your personal health and well-being in this fast-paced, modern world. 

Having the right balance in life can play a significant part in your career and your successes, along with supporting your energy levels and keeping the right mind set.

Balance is all about peace of mind, body and soul.

  • Balanced diet
  • Personal fitness
    • Join a gym, ride your bike, hike a trail, do yoga
  • Play Time
    • Travel, pick a hobby, play sports, go out on the town
  • Alone time
    • Enjoy a good book, catch up on self care, have some spa time
  • Positive Vibes only
    • Remove life's toxins; stay away from negativity
  • Reduce stress
    • Set boundaries
  • Get plenty of rest

Understanding the importance of a balanced life

What does a healthy and balanced lifestyle mean to you?

We live in a world full of different beliefs and opinions, so one person’s answer to one question could be completely different to the next person. The internet, particularly social media, advertises all sorts of information on exercise and nutrition. We see at least one ‘brand new’ diet advertised on a daily basis. Whether it’s low carb, high fat, low- Glycaemic Load (GL), macrobiotic, carb cycling, gluten/grain free, Slimming World or Herbalife, our brains are constantly bombarded with conflicting information.

It’s important to understand some of the key components involved in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. There are many reliable sources online to help you with upholding the balance – the NHS provides a wealth of information through its ‘Live Well’ section covering everything from Alcohol limits to getting started with fitness.

The minefield of conflicting information extends further than just dieting; it can also be confusing finding a definitive answer to the best types of exercise for achieving a great balance. There’s heaps of contradictory information regarding exercise, from weightlifting, fasted cardio, marathon running, insanity, cross fit, yoga or interval training at every corner you turn. In simple terms, all types of exercise help with maintaining this balance. If you find a sport or training program you enjoy stick to it, consistency overall helps lead the most positive impact on your life balance.

Perfect balance -

Which way is the best way to keep a balanced life?

Keep in mind - there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone’s bodies and minds respond in different ways; therefore what feels like balance to you, may not be balance for the next person.  The most important thing is that you are getting the right balance for YOU!

It’s also crucial to keep in mind that if you work hard - you need to play just as hard.  Find whatever you like to do and MAKE THE TIME to do it and to enjoy it.   If you do not make the time for having fun - then you will not have the proper balance to all the time and hard work that you are putting in each day and your daily life will feel off-kilter.  And make note that time will never just come knocking on your door - and present itself to you.  You have to MAKE the time -- that is why it is called balance. 

What ever your interests are - just go out and have fun!!


Top tips for keeping a balanced lifestyle

Everyone responds to exercise and diet differently, however, there are a number of steps you can take that are sure to help you keep a great balanced lifestyle.

• Take care and look after yourself – In order to achieve a balanced lifestyle, you must make sure you are healthy. Your body needs plenty of rest, exercise and healthy food. It’s important to take some time out from a busy day to enjoy activities and unwind by reading or meditating.

• Be organized – It’s important to keep a clear mind plan in advance, allowing time for your tasks and making room for activities you enjoy. Being organized can help reduce stress and improve your life balance.

• Set goals – Achieving goals can help assist with gaining a positive mindset. Your goals can cover anything from your job, your finances or your fitness goals.

• Eat right – Your body needs healthy foods and nutrients to create new cells, clean toxins and function properly. Ensuring you get your 5 a day can help improve your diet and life balance.

Sleeping Lion

It's not just about diet and exercise... Don't forget to REST!

Remember - it is just important to have an equal part of REST as it is to work, play and to diet and exercise. 

Again, because all bodies and minds are different, everyone's bodies require different amounts of sleep/rest which would be considered as adequate enough for their individual bodies to heal from the day to day hustle and bustle of it all. Someone might only need 4 hours of sleep to be at their best, whereas another person may need their full 8 hours.  Figure out how much time you need to re-energize and set your alarm clock.

If you don't have enough rest - you won't have enough energy to work, and if you don't have enough energy to work - you certainly won't be able to afford the energy to play either. 

All these components collectively are necessary for each component to work independently.

Even the fiercest Lion finds time to rest in between ruling the oh mighty jungle.

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