Monday, September 21, 2015

How do you find balance?

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by BOSU via my partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are, of course, my very own.

If there's one thing we all need, it's a little balance. According to Merriam-Webster, balance is "the state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall." Or, "the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control. And finally, balance is "a state in which different things have an equal or proper amount of importance."

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The million dollar question: How do you find balance?

The answer will hopefully be revealed as we progress through Week 2 of the #BOSUStrong challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink. (Last week, we focused on cardio.)We're going to stand on one leg, lunge and BOSU squat our way through the week. Remember this, though: Balance isn't just about the ability to stand on one leg. It's also about having the freedom to do what you love AND make healthy choices.

About sticking to your workouts AND finding time for fun.
About eating sweets and balancing them out with salads, too.
About working out at home when you can't make it to the gym.

Balance, man.
It's hard, right?

Here are 6 ways that I find balance:

1) I make time for myself by asking for it.
2) My favorite "me" time is running time.
3) My rule when it comes to a balanced diet is that moderation is key, and obsession is evil.
4) I make fitness a priority by also making it my profession.
5) When I get stressed or overwhelmed, my go-to is my family.
6) I do what I can to help my family stay balanced.

And here are 6 exercises that can help you improve physical balance and core strength:

1) Hip-Opener to Runner's Lunge (as seen in THIS video)
2) Warrior 3 (on or off the BOSU)

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3) Walking Lunges
4) Squat to Knee Lift on BOSU

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5) Seated Single-Arm Shoulder Press on Exercise Ball with Opposite Leg Lift

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6) Plank on Flipped BOSU

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If you've been participating in the #BOSUStrong challenge, great! Keep it up! If not, it's never too late for you to join the fun. The more you participate, the greater your chances of winning a prize (like a new BOSU). And, don't have to have a BOSU to participate.

Here are this week's prompts. You an also find them HERE.
Use the following tags: #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach

Monday, 9/21: Let's see you stand on one leg. BONUS: It's #jumpjoymonday. Show us your best jump shot.

Tuesday, 9/22: #dropitlikeasquat BONUS: It's #treetuesday, so show off your best tree pose.

Wednesday, 9/23: Time to lunge it out! BONUS: How do you celebrate #workitwednesday?

Thursday, 9/24: Show off your favorite total-body balance move. #totalbodythursday BONUS: #tbt to that one time you really challenged your balance...

Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday BONUS: It's also #forearmfriday, so plank it out!

Just one very important tip before I go: Please remember that, while the BOSU can be used dome-side down, you should never stand on the flat side. Hands only for safety reasons. I know, you can do it. But don't. Please?


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