3 Ways to Balance Health and Life
By Genevieve Cunningham
Finding the right balance in life is extremely important. We've all heard of work-life balance. We know that we need a good combination of work and play. But that's not where the balance ends. We also need a good balance between friends and family. We need a balance between stress and a carefree attitude. And perhaps the most important, we need balance between health and life. We have to focus on our health and well-being, but we also have to enjoy life and have some fun. For many, this is easier said than done. Balance is hard! If you need a little help finding the balance in your health and life, take a look at these tips to move you in the right direction.
Choose Your Diet, But Don't Diet
Diet is a tricky word. Oftentimes, we hear the word diet and assume that it means massive restriction on our food consumption. And while that's certainly one way to use the term diet, it's not the only way. Diet can also mean, quite simply, the food you put into your mouth. You can have a diet of fruits and vegetables or a diet of donuts and soda. Either way, whatever you're eating on a regular basis is your diet. If you want to balance health and life, just choose good food for your diet -- but don't worry about restriction. Eat foods that are nutritious, but don't worry about counting every calorie. This approach allows you to think about your health while also enjoying life on a regular basis.
Everyone knows that they need to exercise, but not everyone enjoys it enough to actually make it happen. But what if we focus on simple movement instead? What if we think of it as activity instead of exercise? Easy ways to increase activity include choosing the stairs over the elevator, taking hikes with friends, playing sports at the local park, and going for a swim or walk after work. Technically, these activities will burn calories and build muscle, but they're also fun, which means you'll get the benefit to your health while still enjoying the activity.
Don't Expect Perfection
Way too often, we think that things in life have to be all or nothing. We have to be all aboard the fitness train, or we have to be a couch potato. We have to eat well 100 percent of the time, or we have to eat chips and sweets all the time. But what if we just did our best? What if we ate good most of the time, but we still left room for dessert a few nights per week? What if we worked out three or four times per week -- and did an activity that we actually enjoyed? Our quest for health doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it won't be! Do your best, don't worry about perfection, and the balance will help you become healthy and happy.
Balance is one of those things that we don't realize we need until we don't have it in our lives. But the proper balance -- between work and play and health and life -- can significantly affect our overall wellness and happiness. Use these tips to find the balance in your life, and watch the benefits unfold right in front of you.
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