What does balance mean in terms of your gym routine?

Being a Fitness Freak means more than just spending time in the gym.

What does balance mean in terms of your gym routine?

In the world of health and fitness you hear a lot about “balance”.

Having a balanced approach to your health is however only one aspect — unless you have balance in your life then your health will suffer.

One popular approach at the moment is to see your health as one of the core pillars of your life — others would include: work, family, relationship, hobbies or interests, friends, and finance

If one of your pillars is weak or under stress, you can cope if the other pillars in your life are strong.

If you’ve got some time on your hands, draw up a bit of a life map — what are your core pillars? How stable are they? Where are your weak spots? What do you need to change to improve things?

By getting a bit of perspective and realising where your strengths and weaknesses are, you’ll be better placed to cope when things go wrong. If you suddenly lose your job, it won’t seem like the end of the world if you know that you’re financially secure and have plenty of support from family and friends. If your relationship is rocky, put your energy into your hobby or other interests, or throw yourself into work and draw strength from the things you can control.

The worst thing to do is to let your entire world crumble at the first sign of trouble — you often hear of people becoming depressed if they lose their job or their boyfriend dumps then — before you know it you’re eating Krispy Kremes by the boxful, wearing yesterday’s underpants and spending Saturday night in front of the tele with a bottle of bourbon. I'm speaking from personal experience, obviously.

The bottom line is, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Make sure that you're giving attention to all the pillars in your life - you never know when you'll need them to hold you up.

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