How to balance your body and your life, will point out for you the similar processes of physical balance and intellectual balance. Important to both, is STRENGTHENING your CORE! The best thing to note, is you can do both at the same time!
CORE FITNESS AND BALANCE
When you stand wobbly, with poor posture and uncontrolled muscles, how likely is it you are going to have good balance? Poor balance is a VERY BIG safety issue and can be related to equilibrium and tiny little crystals deep in your ears or it can be related to poor core and over all strength/posture. The former needs attention from a doctor and perhaps physiotherapy (Balance Disorders), the latter you can work on at home, with some pretty simple guidance.
Muscles, soft-tissue and bone connections can be strengthened/improved over time. I personally believe that keeping this strengthening simple, is the way to go. Therefore, my first QUESTION TO YOU would be – how good is your posture? How much of your day do you spend with your shoulders back and low, your abdominal muscles contracted and your legs strong and sturdy? The answer is likely – NOT ENOUGH!
In order to improve your balance, start with strengthening your core. This does not have to be strenuous. You can Control Your Muscles with Your Mind! The system of nerves and connections that runs through your spine to all of your organs and soft tissues (spinal cord and its tributaries), allows for this control. Right now – STOP what you are doing – and pull in you tummy muscles! There you go, your brain tells your muscles/soft tissues what to do. The more times you repeat that one simple connection, the more time your abdominal muscles will spend contracted. Work on holding them there. Now, try your BUTT muscles, your QUADS. YES, you can contract and control them too.
If you are wanting to take your core strength beyond learning to control your muscles with your mind, you can start with simple crunches, done in many ways. All 3 of the above mentioned positions, are actually done EXACTLY the same way. Stand/sit/lie tall! Body straight, muscles in control. Once your tummy muscles are contracted, move your upper body upward off the floor or forward away from a chair or wall if seated or standing. All the while, maintain tightness and crunch those abs together. You can find a standing crunch demonstrated in my reels on Instagram here. See how many you can do at first and then add 2 more, each time your set becomes easy. Eventually, you will build better core muscle strength. This core muscle strength and better posture, are needed to go to the next step.
On Instagram over the past days, I have put up some reels regarding balance practice. You can go to Instagram with this link to find them here. The simplest is standing tall, with a hand on something for safety if needed and lifting one leg off of the ground for a number of seconds. Switch and do the other side. Add seconds as you get better and so on. Once you have mastered the simplest of the movements, you can move on to the others. PRACTICE OFTEN! That is the key to success.
THE ABOVE APPLIES TO LIFE TOO!
Core truths and life balance. Work to control what is at the core of your being. Practice often – the key to success.
What are your core values and are you living by them? Living Life According To Your Core Values will point out for you how and why this is so important. I recommend that you do the core value exercise suggested in that post. Figuring out what is at your core, helps you to focus your brain on exactly that!
I do not in any way want to make this sound easy, because it is not. However, if you have a list of core values that you can refer to, you can always go back to it, in order to help you decide if you should in fact be doing something. Decision making is not easy, decision making with the aid of a core values list, becomes easier! This is where the work on you core BEING gets done.
CORE VALUE DECISION MAKING
Practice making decisions. After you have made a list of your core values, look at it often. Do the people in your life share your core values? Does your job help you to commit to these values, or does it give you cause to look away from them? Is you day-to-day existence a reflection of these values? If a core value you hold close is KINDNESS, take a look at the above questions and ask them in relation to this value. Do the people in your life share your value for kindness, to themselves, and to others? Does your employer include kindness in the way they treat their staff and/or their clients? In your day-today existence, are you being kind, to yourself and to others?
You can repeat this process of questioning, with every core value you hold close. You are in charge of who you are. In fact, you are the ONLY person you are in charge of.
This has become a big part of my fat and fit life. When I use body-balance exercises to focus on life balance issues, AT THE SAME TIME, I do a better job of BOTH. This becomes MINDFUL-MOVEMENT practice. Stretching practice, yoga practice, strengthening practice, walking practice … all can be used to focus on body and life balance, in the same way, at the same time!
Rather than putting on music when you exercise, whether it is yoga, stretching, strengthening, whatever, learn to practice in silence. In that silence, FOCUS COMPLETELY on what your body is doing. Focus on the position of your body. Be aware of your mind connecting to your muscles. Know exactly what all your muscles are doing! Stretch with mindfulness, balance with mindfulness, BE PRESENT! This mindful-movement practice will then allow your mind to be where it needs to be, to help you focus on life as well. PRACTICE is such an amazing thing. I really appreciate this word.
Practice makes perfect, is an old saying that I have worked to MOVE AWAY FROM. It is not meant or needed to lead to perfection. More practice is meant to lead to even more mindfulness, more stretching, more strengthening etc. MORE BALANCE for your BODY and more balance in YOUR LIFE!