Day 12: Balance
1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, time etc
2. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions
In the bodybuilding world there is a constant pursuit of balance of the physique, of muscle groups, portion of the body including: top half and bottom half of the body, symmetries from right to left, and of course muscularity from the front to the back sides of the body.
In reality, it IS an unrealistic pursuit, however, we try anyways.
Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, balance in one’s life is in constant state of flux.
It can be tough to manage all the things one needs to do in the day; family, work, shopping, meals, cooking, kids, homework, are just some of the daily activities that keep us busy, and can leave little time for ourselves.
Sometimes more energy needs to be devoted to one activity. For instance, the renovation of a house, work pursuits, or the care of a sick loved one. This leaves other endeavours, to fall by the wayside, if only for the interim.
During these times, taking care of oneself, which includes enough sleep, exercise, or quality eating are often seen as secondary, and frequently are cut back (or completely forgotten about) when in a crunch to finish up other projects.
Remember you cannot do it all, all at once, all the time.
There are individual limits, as there is only so many hours in day.
You can however, allocate more energies to one activity while downgrading others. Downgrade the number or length of workouts, quality of eating or even sleep can be done for the short term, but eventually you have to find your way back to personal balance.
Try to remember to fill up your personal energy tank, even on a downgraded level, in order to continue to stay strong physically and emotionally so when life tries to throw you off balance (and it will) you will be ready.