Living a balanced life is one of the hardest things to do. We see it all the time. You have a limited amount of time but what seems like a never ending line of things asking for your attention. Work, kids, family, friends, volunteering, spouse, etc. Asking some of you to spend some time improving yourself is often met with ya, sure, ok attitude.

If you don’t take care of yourself who’s going to do all those things you’ve committed to? You won’t be able to because you’ll be broken. You don’t have balance in your life and it will catch up with you.

We don’t like moderation. We value balance. These are not the same concepts. We want to be the best versions of ourselves and that means we have to be purposeful about all areas of life including diet, exercise, sleep, family, spiritual health, emotional health, etc. You can’t do everything, but you can strive for excellence in the things you do.

I want the best for each and every one of the athletes in our gym. I see the potential you have and it breaks my heart to see you settle for less than your best. Being your best doesn’t mean saying yes to everything that is asked of you. It does require you to be mindful of the things you do and do them with purpose. It is generally true that if you are saying yes to one thing then you’re saying no to something else.

Think of balance like an old scale or a teeter totter. If you have too much on one side the scale will be out of balance. If you give away too much of your time and attention you’ll run out. Then you’ll less effective in the things you want to do.

If you push yourself to the limit in the gym but don’t balance that up with proper recovery (sleep, nutrition, water, rest days) you’ll beat your body up and end up getting injured. That doesn’t mean work less hard in the gym, it means take better care of yourself when you’re not in the gym.

I’m not saying to be selfish all the time, but I am asking you value yourself and strive to live a healthy and balanced life.