As you guys know, I’m a huge advocate of ‘balance’, in mind and body, nutrition and exercise, work and play. Balance for me is what puts the healthy into healthy lifestyle, and you’ll have heard me talk about this time and time again on Instagram, as it’s something I feel strongly about. I chat to my clients about it, myself about it (yes I talk to myself – no shame) and you guys about it, because I’m determined to help women, just like you & I, realise that living a healthy lifestyle is for LIFE – a LIFEstyle. Not a fad.
In my opinion, food and exercise is one of life’s greatest pleasures, it’s an unbelievable gift to be consumed and enjoyed. Something you can tuck in to solo or with friends, whether that is sweating it out in the gym or snacking watching Netflix. What it is NOT, is a punishment. No guilt should come with any aspect of living a healthy balanced lifestyle, which is why I am excited to be teaming up with Yushoi to explore the ‘perfect balance’ and hopefully inspire you to think about your own version of balance along the way.
For me, the beauty of balance is that it can constantly change. Adapting to fit your fitness goals, social life, work demands and personal pleasures. Whilst more times than not I have it down with my nutrition and workouts, one area of my life that I have to keep a close eye on is my work/life balance. This baby can easily get carried away if not monitored. Do you ever get that? I suppose this comes with being so passionate about what I do, and the fact that it’s easy for it not to feel like work. The danger of this – as I’ve come to learn the hard way – is that without realising, I end up working all hours of the day, flitting between clients calls, snapping photos, writing content and training plans, whilst attempting to keep on top of my social media, and before I know it it’s bedtime. Running a one woman show (AKA business) is the biggest but most rewarding test I’ve had to date, and my work/life balance is something I have to focus on managing constantly. What helps me do it? Planning my meals and snacks, scheduling my workouts, and the big one, making sure I take time out for myself, and my mental wellbeing.
I‘m not one of those people that always get it right. Who actually does? There have been many occasions when I’ve been so stressed out, that I got my knickers in a twist, felt overwhelmed, and continued to curl up in a ball and cry. This isn’t something I’m ashamed of. I am human. However, through balance, meditation and practise, it’s something I’m constantly striving to improve.
Together with Yushoi, I want to challenge you to make ‘better for you’ choices. To help you feel better and more balanced in mind, body and soul. To swap your snack, mix up your workouts, or simply take 10 minutes a day to focus on your breath. That’s one of the reasons that Yushoi resonated so well with me, as they too promote healthy balance in all aspects of life – health and taste, time with friends and alone, as well as incorporating active living along side rest – the later I believe being important for both our mental and physical health. These Japanese inspired pea-based snacks are high in fibre, and if you haven’t tried them for yourself yet, I’d recommend opting for Soy and Balsamic Vinegar first – so scrumptious!
All this got me thinking though… Do you think as a society we’re becoming too obsessive over every single detail of our diet and fitness regime? What does balance look like to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and even what area of your own life you’re looking to improve…
Over the next few months I’m going to be delving deeper into the world of balance, through exercise, mental wellbeing, and nutrition. So stay tuned, and together let’s focus on making this a LIFEstyle, finding our own version of balance in mind, body and fuel.