My mission is to have balance, and I think it’s a good one for everyone to aim for. I wanted to share the best tips to create a balanced life that I have come across.
I lead a more active life than most, I make sure I’m fit + healthy though I also want to feel like it’s all balancing out. This is so important to me because the way I turned into a fit person was by going for an extreme goal of getting on stage for a Bikini Competition, so I always knew that wasn’t what real life looked like for me, yet it taught me a lot about what you need to do to achieve that physique. While I would have loved to keep the physique, it wasn’t realistic as I needed more balance, to see my friends again and to have more conversation topics other than how much chicken & broccoli I had eaten that day.
So here are the best tips to create a balanced life I have come across. I hope you find them helpful too.
Never miss a Monday
“Monday is the most important workout day in my week. I always train on a Monday, and I train before work too. That way nothing can get in my way or change my mood. I set my mood for the day and for the week by making that committment to myself. A lot of people hate Monday’s, I relish the challenge of a new week. Get up & train on a Monday, you wont regret it.” – Lucy loves Fitness
Stop feeling guilty about making time for yourself.
“While you might be the playmaker of your office or the cornerstone of your household, there are very few people who can honestly say that a catastrophe would happen if they took half an hour out to get some exercise. I hear this a lot from mums and, yet, it’s the sleep-deprived mums who often survive on the left overs of their kid’s meals and spend the whole day running after little humans, who really need the time out.” – Commando Steve
Stop torturing yourself with weighing scales! Fat loss is more important than weight loss.
“Losing weight is often associated with extended cardio sessions and gruelling low calories diets. Yes, this works, but only in the short term. But what about long term effects? Have you thought about what it really means for your body to just religiously pound the pavement with the sole aim of watching that number on the scales go down?
Thin on the outside, fat on the inside or TOFI is often a consequence of our obsession with weight over fat loss.
When we obsess about thinness, we run the risk of becoming thin on the outside, while our insides accumulate more and more fat. Not a pretty picture.” – Michelle Bridges
4. Have a plan
“I’ve seen so many people wander aimlessly around the gym and leave without breaking a sweat, myself included. Without a pre-planned workout you can easily fall into the trap of hopping between cardio machines while scrolling through your instagram feed, not pushing yourself or your body. Avoid this by writing down a basic plan before you work out, whether this is just some exercises to try or a full fledged training program, just make sure you have an idea of what you want to do.” – Zanna Van Dijk
5. Continue to prioritise everyday healthy eating habits throughout party season – be that Christmas or Summer
“Just because it’s the silly season doesn’t mean your everyday habits should now fly out the window. I still start my day with lemon water, morning exercise and a healthy breakfast.” – Jessica Sepel
6. You are what you eat
“No matter how much exercise you do – you are what you eat. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Up to 80 per cent of having a sustainable healthy body is due to good food choices. When you start to see the benefits of exercise, you’ll see this threefold combined with good nutrient-rich fresh foods. By the time your skin is glowing and you jump out of bed in the morning, you can be assured that your internal organs and functions are running optimally.” – Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine
7. Eat well and away from screens
“Nothing makes concentration harder than hunger caused by skipping meals. Make sure you eat a variety of colourful veg, protein, complex carbohydrates and fruit during every work day. Take lunch and snack breaks too. Eating in front of the computer does us no favours and can leave our brain feeling seriously drained. Take your lunch outside or simply sit somewhere away from your work desk and make meals quiet time to forget about work for a while.” – Women’s Fitness Magazine
8. Remember why junk food is called junk food. Don’t get caught short without a healthy snack.
“If your diet is littered with snacks, you might want to think about how you can replace them with fresh, whole foods. “‘Discretionary foods’ – think chips and chocolate, lollies and packaged snacks – don’t have the quality nutrition your body needs to function,” explains Catherine Saxelby, dietitian. “Instead, they’re full of kilojoules, they’re easy to eat more of, and they’re small – so you eat more. You’d have to eat a lot of carrots to get the same amount of energy (kilojoules) that’s in a pre-packaged snack,” she says. That’s why replacing these snacks with fresh foods – chopped up carrots, apple slices, mangoes, red capsicum – is a much better way to fuel your body. Not only will you consume less kilojoules, but you’ll also provide your body with the minerals, vitamins, fibre and protein it needs.” – Weight Watchers
9. Don’t be afraid of fear. Become fear-less.
“Whether it’s the thought of quitting your 9-5 to start your own business, starting a relationship with someone you truly care about or booking a one-way ticket to Europe, if it scares you, turn the fear, into fear-less-ness and go for it. Don’t let yourself get caught but in the what if’s. What if my business fails? What if I get rejected? What if I get to Europe and don’t like it? Well here’s some food for thought, what if… it gives you everything you’ve ever wanted? A career you’re passionate about, a great love story, an adventure that changes your life? More often than not, feeling fear is a sign that you’re on the right path by doing something that truly matters to you. Getting closer and closer to something you really want is terrifying, but what’s more terrifying? Never stepping outside your comfort zone and knowing what you could have been capable of.” – Lorna Jane
10. Quit doing so much, all the time, at the same time
“Today, practice the Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Do not multi-task; just single-task. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re driving, just drive. Don’t try to knock-off tasks while you eat or drink.” – Hello Fresh
11. Simplify your life by prioritising what’s important
“As women, one of the ways we gain respect in life is through caring for others, so we can slip into a mindset of feeling we have to please everyone, which is unrealistic, adds psychologist and author Liz Tucker. Guilt is a key driver in making us say yes to the friend who needs a last-minute babysitter or the boss who wants us to work at the weekend. But the irony is the more you take on, the more likely you’ll end up letting people down, leading to even more guilt.
Being overcommitted can leave us feeling pulled in every direction. You only have limited time, so you have decide who and what to prioritise. One simple solution is to decide on just three things you want to achieve each day. You might decide to tackle the things you’re most worried about. The key is to make them three achievable things. Most likely, you’ll end up getting through more but ticking them off is a great way to clear your mind.” – The Lifestyle Library
12. Reconnect with yourself
“It’s easier than ever to get lost in the day-to-day activities and stresses of the external world.
That’s why reconnecting with yourself is not just something you “should” do, it’s something you “must” do. It gives you a chance to celebrate your gifts and understand what really drives you. And when you know this, the more you can show up for others and the more you can add to the world around you.” – Tony Robbins
13. Stop comparing yourself to others – social media has a lot to answer for!
“One form of “checking” behaviour is comparison. This is when you constantly compare your physical attributes to those of other people. It can be challenging to stop negatively comparing yourself to others: for many people, it’s such a habit it is automatic and happens hundreds of times a day. Try to notice when you compare yourself to others and make a note of when you compare, who you compare yourself to, and what you say to yourself when it happens. Is it fair? Is it realistic? What effect does it have on how you feel about yourself? What can you say that may be more helpful?” – Body& Soul Magazine
14. Look after yourself everyday, then once in a while go the extra mile
“Self love can be manifested in many different ways – for us it involves everything from getting enough sleep and exercise to eating nourishing, body-loving foods. We have day-to-day beauty routines like body brushing, epsom salt baths and tongue scraping and of course when it comes to skin, it all starts with good food. But every once in awhile, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a good pampering with a blissful facial.” – Hemsley Hemsley
15. Protect your skin
“Whatever the season, choose daily skincare products that include solar filters. They reduce the harmful effects of the sun, which accelerates skin ageing.” – La Roche Posay
Feel free to add your favourite tips for a healthier lifestyle below.