5 Simple Ways to Find Balance
- Pay Attention to your Body
This may seem an obvious thing to suggest but you’d be surprised how often people come to see me with pain in their back or neck and haven’t even thought about looking at their posture or their lifestyle. Spending just a couple of minutes each day to check in with how you feel is a good habit to get in to.
- Variety is Key
Looking back to the weightlifter and runner examples, it’s important to vary your routine so you get a little bit of everything. This applies whether you’re doing gentle or more strenuous activities. This way, you’re whole body benefits rather than just one aspect.
- Find what you Love
There’s nothing you can do that’ll make you feel great (and want to keep doing it) more than finding something you love. Balance isn’t just about physical exercise, but mental wellbeing too. Finding a routine you enjoy will do wonders for your body and mind alike.
- Listen to your Body
Know your limits and listen to the signals your body gives you. Learn to differentiate between muscular effort and joint pain. This is so important for your physical wellbeing, it allows you to push yourself when you’re feeling strong and to treat yourself with gentleness when it’s needed. Next month’s guest blog by Beth Williams is going to explore this in more detail, exposing the myth of ‘no pain, no gain’.
- Take a Break and have a day off
It doesn’t have to include a KitKat, but sometimes it helps! All bodies need time to rest and recover. Just like leading an entirely sedentary life, spending too much time exercising, however gentle it may be, is damaging and gets in the way of our bodies natural ability to repair and rejuvenate.
I hope this has given you some inspiration to look at your own exercise habits and see where you can take a more balanced approach and improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.