Activa: Staying Active & Becoming Better Balanced

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Mental and Physical Balance. Stayingactiveandstayingbalanced inmany ways go hand in hand. Staying active refers to the amount of activity that youengage indaily.Thisofcoursecan refer tohowmuch timeyouspendat thegym,but itcanalso refer tohowmanystepsyou take inaday,howoften you find yourself running around the office, and how frequently you head out to the backyard to run around with your children or your dog. Balance in many ways works on the same principles. There are some activities that you do every day because you have to do them — work often falls into this category, as do household chores. But what about the activities that you simply love to do? What about the activities that you enjoy? Think about the last time that you sat down with a book that you loved and made yourself a cup of tea or coffee and really enjoyed the moment. Perhaps it isn’t reading that you wish you had more time for, but instead it is a garden that has grown weeds as it has been neglected. It could be a project at your home that you have looked forward to completing or an old car that you’ve wanted to fix up. There are special hobbies and interests that appeal to each of us, and spending time with those hobbies can help you live a more balanced life. Alongsidewith the taskofbecomingmorementallybalancedwith the things that you spend time with in your life is the challenge of becoming more physicallybalanced.Therearecertainmarkers that typically indicate trouble with maintaining balance, such as frequently tripping and falling or feeling dizzy when standing too long. But even if you are not having fundamental

issues with your ability to stay balanced in this way, you may still have difficulty with whole-body balance. Yoga is a great form of exercise to use to improveyourability tobalance,asyogahelps tostrengthencoremuscles and improve coordination. You can improve your physical balance by: • Increasing muscle strength • Improving stamina • Improving core strength • Practicing balancing techniques In addition, taking steps to ensure that you are getting a full night of rest, that you are exercising regularly, and that you are eating a healthy diet are all strong components to ensuring you are well-balanced. Thinkabout thepercentageof time thatyouspendworkingduring theweek. For most people this number is well over 40 hours per week! Then consider howmuch time isspentdrivingtoandfromworkandaroundtownonerrands, and then consider the time spent doing things you have to do at home, like the dishes or the laundry. Then really think about how much time you are spendingdoingthethingsthatmakeyoufeelbetter— includingthosehobbies that you love, but also being active and engaging with the people you care about. Part of becoming a more balanced person means finding ways to spendyour timemorewiselyand takingmore time foryourselfasneeded. If youaresufferingwithpoorbalanceandamnotsureof itsorigin,discover ourprograms todayand learnmoreaboutquickly improvingyourbalance.

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