In order to show up as our best selves in our daily lives - from careers to family and friends - we have to stay energized, active, and physically fit to maintain balance.
Balancing is a term that so often can feel easier said than done to achieve, because when we’re truly in the thick of it, going through the motions of all the demands of life, it’s difficult to fit everything in that keeps us afloat - like exercise.
Finding the time to workout - even if it’s just a 30 minute walk - can make all the difference!
With just a little bit of movement, we feel more alert, focused, and ready to take on the day, which is especially important for work life.
To make a meaningful change in your life and find your balance, here are five helpful tips:
1. Separate your environments
Having distinct locations for different activities in your life will help you form healthy habits and increase efficiency.
For instance, if you work where you sleep, it’ll be hard to ever find a state of calm when a lingering feeling of deadlines and responsibility can lume over you mentally.
The same thing applies to your work space vs your workouts. In order to stay fully focused on your physical activity, exercise in a separate space than when you’re focused on your professional activities.
Compartmentalize the two in your head so you can be as productive as possible on all fronts!
2. Stretch often
Combining your work with your workouts is always a yes, especially for those of us who work at desks and are seated throughout most of the day.
Taking moments to stand up and touch your toes, swing around your arms and stretch your neck and torso can make a huge difference in the long-run.
Taking a 5-10 minute stretch break every other hour will help your body stay alert and energized.
3. Stick to a schedule
The best way to stay on top of things and plan ahead is to have a regimen! Know the times you plan one exercising and the times you plan on working so you can be in the right mental headspace for both, and give yourself time and space to separate your daily activities. This will ensure you are fully present in each of them, respectively.
4. Give yourself grace
Okay, you messed up. So what? Keep it moving and forgive yourself.
If you miss a workout, end up having to workout by your professional space because you didn’t time ahead, or for whatever reason, the day did not go as planned, it’s okay.
Life throws us curve balls during the day, and it’s important to not look behind, only forward.
5. Find a real balance
My best tip for successfully finding the time in your day to work and workout is by creating balance that works for you, because balance can mean different things to different people, so scratch beneath the surface.
Have a schedule. Stick to your routine. Journal. Keep a timetable. Check yourself.
Set reminders throughout the day encouraging you to keep moving along. And establish harmony in your day-to-day life.