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Balancing Work, Life & Fitness: Learning How To Achieve Harmony

Balancing Work, Life & Fitness: Learning How To Achieve Harmony

Little Gems

  • Create urgency and importance by scheduling exercise in your calendar
  • Maintaining momentum will serve you greatly
  • Flexibility is crucial when balancing multiple responsibilities and goals
  • Don’t underestimate the value of your own support.
  • Find a sustainable rhythm that works for you, your circumstances and your lifestyle

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In today’s fast-paced world, finding a balance between work, life and fitness can seem like an elusive goal. With the demands of a career, personal commitments and the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Add into the equation the state of our current economic climate, our health and fitness can often take a back seat as we prioritise work for income.

With the right strategies and mindset, it really is possible to achieve harmony in all three aspects of your life. 

Simple Strategies That Pack a Punch

1. Prioritise Your Time

Effective time management is key to balancing work, life and fitness. Start by identifying your priorities and allocate time accordingly. Use tools like calendars, planners or apps to schedule your tasks and ensure you dedicate time to each area of your life. Remember, it’s about quality, not just quantity. Most of the things we give priority to get pushed aside at the drop of a hat when real emergencies or illnesses occur. Consider this when mapping out your daily routine to ensure you give priority to the things that truly matter! One of the tactics I encourage corporate clients’ to use is to treat exercise the same way they do meetings and appointments; put them into your calendar with reminders and don’t book anything else in the same time slot. This approach can help create urgency and importance while ensuring you have the time to complete the task.

2. Integrate Fitness into Your Daily Routine

Improving your health and fitness takes a lot less time than most people assume. Start by looking for opportunities to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine; take the stairs instead of the lift, park further away from your destination so you have to walk a bit further, walk around the block/on a treadmill when you make/take business calls. Once you feel how these small activities positively impact your mood, blood sugar levels, appetite and body composition, you will become more eager to prioritise physical activity.

3. Learn to Adapt and Be Flexible

As beneficial as it is to prioritise and schedule physical activity into your calendar, at times, being adaptive will ensure you leave no room for excuses. If you consistently train in the afternoons, then life happens, circumstances change and you can no longer make it at that time, force yourself to go at a different time. Even though it temporarily feels uncomfortable, maintaining momentum will serve you greatly instead of completely stopping. Flexibility is crucial when balancing multiple responsibilities and goals!

4. Reflect, Adjust and Practice Self-Care

Taking care of yourself and your needs is essential for maintaining balance. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet and make time for relaxation and hobbies. Self-care helps you recharge and stay productive in both your personal and professional life. It will also give you clarity and perspective, ensuring you reflect on progress and make necessary adjustments. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not, and be willing to distance yourself from the things holding you back that aren’t serving you!

5. Set Boundaries That Serve You

It is important to recognise your limits and avoid overcommitting. Saying no to additional responsibilities or social events when you need to focus on yourself isn't selfish. It is necessary in allowing you to be the best version of yourself which serves everyone. Prioritise what truly helps you be the best parent/friend/spouse/sibling/child/employee/boss you can be.

6. Leverage Support Systems

“Show me your friends and I'll show you your future.” We have all heard it before but unfortunately for most, we don’t truly recognise the impact our environment has on us. Don’t hesitate to seek support from family, friends, strangers or colleagues/employers. Communicate your goals and challenges, and they just may provide the encouragement and accountability you need. Sadly, they may also make it harder for you, and encourage you to drink alcohol when you would prefer not to, or playfully discourage you based on your history of attempts. Choose your support system wisely because your environment will play a huge role in your success. People on similar journeys are more likely going to help you get more out of your own journey. Most importantly, don’t underestimate the value of your own support. Speak kind, supportive words inside that mind of yours and encourage the f*** out of yourself daily. Ruthlessly tell yourself how you feel about your health and physical state to set fire to self-inspiration!

7. Hire a Pro

One of the most effective ways to ensure you stay on track with your fitness goals is to invest in a professional coach or trainer. A coach provides personalised guidance, helping you design a workout strategy tailored to your specific needs and goals. This will ensure you are maximising your time to keep your workouts efficient and intentional. The experience of a pro in dealing with many people who are time poor offers solutions to problems you have or may encounter. The accountability of a coach will help you stay on track and more committed than you would be on your own, helping you achieve results swiftly.

The Wrap Up

Achieving a balance between work, life and fitness is possible with mindful planning, flexibility and self-care. By prioritising your time, setting realistic goals and integrating fitness into your daily routine with the utmost importance it deserves, you can create a harmonious lifestyle that supports your overall well-being.

Remember, it’s not about perfection or being “all in or nothing”. It’s about finding a sustainable rhythm that works for you, your circumstances and your lifestyle. Embrace the journey and celebrate life along the way!

Wishing you success and balance in all aspects of your life!

Yours in good health,


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