5 Tips for a More Balanced Life

All things in moderation. It’s a common phrase, and it’s usually paired with dieting advice regarding sweet treats and snacks. However, what if all things – even fitness and healthy eating – are better in moderation.

It’s typical for fitness-minded people to go through periodic phases of being “obsessed” with things regarding their health. Whether it’s eating healthy or exercising, it’s human nature to place all our energy into something on which we’re currently fixated. However, just because society labels something “healthy” doesn’t mean that going to extremes to achieve it is healthy.

Life is not about restricting calories and exercising for three hours a day, and in reality, neither of those things is sustainable for the long haul. Aiming for balance with work, exercise, and nutrition is the key to living a happy, healthy life.

How to Find Balance

If the idea of balance is new to you, you might be wracking your brain right now. What does a balanced life look like?  The idea of balance might be different for every person. However, determining what your balanced life looks like is essential for living well and maintaining your health.

This journey might take some soul-searching and self-discovery, as well as some revisions along the way. Balance might mean something different to you in different phases of your life.

Where to Start

1. Nurture Yourself First

You cannot take care of others if you are running on empty, especially if you are responsible for other people, kids, or elderly parents. It’s essential to determine what you need to refill and recharge. Perhaps it’s a coffee break alone or time for daily exercising or stretching.

Determining what makes you feel refreshed is only half the battle. Now you must carve out time to regularly do these things. If you consistently nurture yourself, you can always deliver the best care to those you’re responsible for.

2. Get Clear about Your Priorities

Each person has priorities, and they might vary at different times, but acknowledging that your family and your health are your top priorities makes it easier to manage your time in a way that makes you feel fulfilled.

Each of us is only gifted with limited minutes in a day. So, planning time for your highest priorities ensures you won’t feel guilty about spending too much time in areas that don’t matter to you.

3. Plan, Schedule, or Set Goals

Once you’re clear on your priorities, create a schedule for yourself. Plan out specific times for family time and exercise or meal planning.

Some people are more free-spirited and have a hard time setting a schedule and sticking to it. If this is you, try setting daily goals instead. Determining which method works for you personally will allow you to achieve the things that matter and those that need to get done.

4. Acknowledge, Reflect, and Adapt

Part of feeling balanced means embracing change. Life is imperfect, and situations change. We must be willing to adapt on any given day, especially if you don’t feel balanced after a couple of weeks of planning and preparing. Perhaps you need to sit back down, reevaluate your priorities, and adapt your daily plans and goals.

5. Connect

No matter how independent you think you are, human connection is essential for a balanced life. Finding people who support you can make all the difference with your balance and wellbeing. If you recently moved or don’t have many friends, consider counseling or a pet. A trained support person can help in ways you may not realize you need, and animals have a way of providing unwavering companionship.

It is human nature to obsess. Eating healthy, exercising, working—we must do these things, but even the “healthiest” habits can become detrimental if you get too fixated. Instead of focusing on how we can be healthier and work harder, perhaps the key to happiness lies in finding our sense of balance.

Rachel May

Rachel May

Rachel May is member of Supplement Superstore's editorial team. Supplement Superstore is home to a wide selection of Canada's most trusted dietary supplements to suit a wide array of fitness goals and general well-being.

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Abs

The Rectus Abdominis is the most superficial of the abdominal muscles. It is this muscle which forms the six-pack shape! It is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba.

Latissimus Dorsi

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.

Deltoids

The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.

Infraspinatus

The Infraspinatus muscle is one of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint.

Biceps

The Biceps brachii is  actually two separate bundles of muscles (heads). The two heads of the Biceps vary in length and as a result, are called the Short and the Long Biceps heads.

Triceps

The Triceps Brachii muscles  have three muscle heads: Lateral, Medial and Long head. Primarily responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. The lateral head is used for movements requiring occasional high-intensity force, while the medial fascicle enables more precise, low-force movements.

Forearm
(Anterior muscles)

The Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

Forearm
(Posterior muscles)

The Extensor Digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.

Pecs

The pectoralis major makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, triangular muscle, situated at the upper part of the chest, beneath the pectoralis major. 

Obliques

The External Oblique is situated on the lateral and anterior parts of the abdomen. It is broad, thin, and irregularly quadrilateral. It is the largest and the most superficial (outermost) of the three flat muscles of the lateral anterior abdomen. 

Lower Back

The Erector Spinae is not just one muscle, but a bundle of muscles and tendons. Paired, they run more or less vertically. It extends throughout the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions, and lies in the groove to the side of the vertebral column.

Glutes

The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation of the hip joint.

Quadriceps

The Quadriceps Femoris is the knee extensor muscle.  As a group, the quadriceps femoris is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. It´s subdivided into four separate “heads”.

Hamstrings

A hamstring is any one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris). The hamstrings are quite susceptible to injury.

Lower Leg

The gastrocnemius and the soleus form what we know as calf. They are involved in activities such as walking, running, jumping… 

Trapezius

The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.

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