Achieving and Maintaining a Balanced Life
A life where fun and work are in balance. A life in which one is above all, happy. Doesn’t everyone want to have a life like that? Or at least close to that?
One might say that kind of life doesn’t exist, but really, there are only a few basic things to know and do to have a dynamic and healthy life.
Here are the 10 do’s and don’ts you can try for an energetic, well-balanced life:
1. Don’t skip meals or starve yourself
If you want to lose weight, depriving yourself from eating is not the way.
This will result to binge eating and more weight gain. Consult a nutritionist or a personal trainer to come up with a meal plan based on your weight loss goals.
2. Maintain a regular muscle training program
More muscle mass leads to higher fat metabolism, increased bone density, and reduced stress hormones.
Exercising makes you stronger, fitter and more self-confident.
3. Negative calorie balance
When your excess calories are burned, you’ve lost weight.
You can keep track of your weight loss by tracking down how much food you’re eating and how much exercise you’re doing.
4. Eat healthy even when inactive
At times of inactivity, for example watching TV or reading, carbohydrate-fat mixes such as chips, gummy bears and the like are fatteners. They increase blood sugar, stress the liver and other organs.
So, snack on healthy food while taking a break from exercise.
5. Drink lots of water
Plenty of pure water throughout the day will help keep the blood flowing, quench thirst and prevent hunger attacks.
Water supplies every cell and makes them powerful.
On the other hand, sugary drinks will make you thirsty, are fattening and will deprive the body of minerals.
6. Avoid alcohol
The body needs a lot of energy to get rid of alcohol.
It will disrupt the body’s metabolic processes to completely get rid of it. After training, alcohol is not advisable at all.
7. The 80/20 rule
Devote 80% of your time achieving your goal, the remaining 20, celebrate life without feeling guilty.
8. Take every opportunity
Start with taking the stairs to your office. Standing and walking after every 45 minutes of permanent sitting in front of the PC.
Or press your knees together under the table and press your hands flat against the edge of the table like you’re pushing it.
You can also turn your head 15 times to the left and to the right, tilt forwards and backwards and turn to the side so that the cervical spine is released from a fixed position for at least several minutes.
These little movements will help you incorporate movement and keep the blood flowing in your daily routine at work.
9. Have a good night’s sleep
The recommended shut eye is 6 to 8 eight hours for an average person.
Those who sleep for less increase their risk of heart problems, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, as well as relationship problems, reduced work performance, and addiction.
Even good sleep is part of a healthy work-life balance.
10. Avoid “social”network
There is a social dilemma in today’s modern times. More and more people are becoming socially inept.
People spend too much time looking on their smartphones and are more interested on their online “social network” than physical interaction.
Some people may find satisfaction and validation through social media because people online can only see what you want them to see.
Touching, eye contact, human interaction, and social coexistence, especially at work, allow humans to release the love hormone, oxytocin.
Try this a little more often, it works!