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When I talk with my clients there always seems to be a little imbalance with their fitness and health. It’s either one extreme or the other. Finding balance in fitness and health is the key to being successful in the long run.
When things get too extreme
Extreme quick-fix diets, extreme workouts, obsessive calorie counting, restrictions, rules, and foods to avoids, things to weigh and measure. It can get crazy, drive you nuts and make you obsess way too much over things. After years of self-destruction in the form of restrictive dieting, binge eating, obsessive exercise, I will be the first to admit that it’s not always easy to ignore or avoid these messages. I can tell you first hand, our bodies will eventually rebel, push back, shut down, and catch up with you. Every single time.
I can’t do extreme, it just doesn’t work for me and I find it doesn’t work well with my clients either. When things get too extreme it really messes with your health, both physically and mentally. My approach to health and fitness is one of balance, and it’s what I built my Health Coaching Business on.
Balancing Your Fitness and Health With Overall Self-Care
Self-care is the action you take to stay healthy, while fitness is the state of being physically fit and healthy. Establishing a balanced approach to fitness and self-care is essential to your overall well being. It plays an important role in fitness and it can help you get the most out of your workouts and help your mind and body feel better following your stint at the gym.
Self-love and self-care are first and foremost when it comes to your fitness and health. If you’re out there chasing a number on a scale and working out until you are blue in the face what are you really accomplishing?
Adopt Healthy Eating Habits
Food is your friend, food is fuel, it is not the enemy. So many times we end up looking at food in a negative way when we have to restrict everything while we’re “on a diet”. Start looking at food as something that is nourishing your body. This makes switching out the not so good foods a little easier.
Healthy foods will not only help you gain more energy, but they will help you feel better, too. In fact, a healthy diet can protect against certain cancers, improve moods, clear up skin, reduce the risk of a heart attack and improve your sex drive. That’s just a few of the things that come along with making healthier choices when it comes to the foods you are eating.
Balance Your Workouts
Creating balance with your workouts is just as important as balancing your healthy eating habits. You do NOT need to spend 2 hours in the gym each day and/or workout twice a day. Long sessions, 2-a-days and “no days off” will only lead to over-training and the high probability of injuring yourself.
Finding balance in your workouts is easy when you look at working out as something that makes you stronger, more confident and HEALTHIER…not as a weight loss tool or a punishment for something you ate. Workout to appreciate what your body is capable of doing.
You should always focus on progress, not perfection and give yourself some grace, you’re human. You will have bad days and you will have good days. You will have days where you literally cannot make time to work out or meal plan – that is OKAY! A healthy lifestyle should be one that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, and BALANCE.
To build a balanced approach often means that we don’t reach our goals as quickly as we would like -that is OKAY too. It requires consistent work, patience, and learning to listen and trust your body. With a balanced approach, your new healthy lifestyle will become just that a lifestyle! You will never have to be “on a diet” again!
How do you find balance in your healthy lifestyle? Or what do you struggle with?