Balancing fitness and life...the seesaw effect!
Stand on one foot and and have a conversation. Its only a matter of time before you place your other foot on the ground. If you practice standing on one leg consistently eventually you will be able to stand longer one one leg, however in time you will put your other foot down. Balance, a difficult task!
Fitness has many important elements. The three most significant in my opinion are exercise, nutrition and rest ( sleep and inactivity). Attempting to manage all three so they represent one third each is nearly impossible for most. Taking myself into consideration; I spend about sixty percent on exercise and about a twenty/twenty split on nutrition and rest. The reason why for me is that life takes its toll on my overall fitness performance. As a teacher I have the summer off. So NOW ALL three elements will get equal attention because I have more available time. During the school year sleep and nutrition seem to be the areas I slack on. It is easy for me to get to the gym daily, and difficult to eat clean and even more challenging to get the proper amount of sleep and rest. Imagine this….everyday you were able to wake up with 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, spend sixty minutes exercising and each meal and snack was something delicious and nutritious with out a meal prep day and was available on demand.….MMMMMMMMMMMMM. You would feel great and most likely look great. Now reality! We have lives other than fitness. Jobs, kids, partners, jerks, stress, animals, temptations, entertainment ETC. Balancing life and fitness is even more challenging than balancing the key pieces of fitness.
Ways to balance the elements of fitness are simple if you plan ahead. A good way to plan is to create a chart. This chart is a calendar of your life. Within this chart have everything you need to do (work, kids, date night, events, exercise, rest ETC). This is your guide to success. This will only work if you follow it. This is a simple way to manage all of your daily activities. When creating a personal calendar you may find out that there are certain activities you may need to give up. The television is what I gave up in order to improve my overall production. The key to balancing fitness with life is having a plan and executing it!
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FITNESS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN A VARIETY OF POSITIVE WAYS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE A LIFE THAT EMBRACES EACH CHALLENGE AND DOES NOT LET FEAR DETOUR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE.