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Finding a Balance

BalanceWe all need to work harder at finding the perfect balance between work, rest and play.  It's a constant juggling act and sometimes you leave balls in the air, and other times you are chasing them as they are rolling across the floor!

We all have to work - nothing you can do about that one.  But finding what you can do about rest and play is something altogether different. Finding a job that meets your skill-set and fulfills your mental and emotional needs is hard - but it's also part of the balancing process.

Play is the element that most people don't even factor into their life and is one of the most important things you can do for your mind, body and spirit.  What constitutes play?  I look at my workouts as playtime - same thing with my martial arts training.  I even make sure that I make time to play with my boys - we play "Star Wars", cards, video games, baseball, etc.  It's good for them and it's good for me too.  Play allows you to forget about all the stressful parts of your life and just let go and enjoy the moment... something we all need but don't take enough time for.

How about rest?  Are you getting the sleep you need every night?  Are you taking days off between tough workouts or at least scaling them back so that your body can recharge?  Are you eating the right foods that allow your body to recover and grow?  Are you using the foam roller, lacrosse ball, doing movement prep work, and stretching?  All of these questions (and more) need to be addressed if you are interested in getting enough rest.  Remember - rest is when you get stronger and "recharge the batteries" - if you are not resting enough you will constantly be taking one step forward and two steps back.

Check out this article by Melissa Joulwan to see how she works at finding the perfect balance in her life.

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