Is ‘Balance’ Right For You?
I live what I define as a “balanced” lifestyle and I recommend that approach often to others. But what is balance? Isn’t that concept entirely subjective, vague, and dependent upon the person? For me, balance is eating pizza on Sundays and drinking some ciders on the weekends. For someone else, it may mean one cheat meal a month and for another it could mean healthy dinner but nightly dessert follows. I don’t care to define balance, but I do think the question should be asked of yourself – is balance the best approach for your results?
Maybe. Maybe not.
The harsh truth is that to achieve the elite echelon of your capable results with a balanced approach is highly unlikely. It’s why some of the most successful people are also some of the most intense. Daniel Day Lewis is not thinking about balance when he is getting ready to play Abraham Lincoln. As a result he wins Oscars, but he also takes his job intensely that he had to retire from it in his prime.
Whether or not balance is the best strategy largely depends on how you define results. Are you an advanced athlete trying to get to single digit body fat or are you a first time sedentary woman hoping to drop ten pounds? Are you an amateur powerlifter looking to win your upcoming meet or you a gym member looking to hit a PR this week?
If we are to ever understand if a “balanced” approach is best for ourselves, we have to first have a very real conversation with ourselves on what we consider a successful outcome. We have to establish the rules to the game we’re all playing, and we need to decide if our goals are defined or nebulous. “Losing weight” is not the same goal as “getting to 165 pounds by December 1”, and the more we clearly define our objective the more we may have to follow specific directions to get there.
For someone looking to get into single digit body, they are likely going to base their day around the structure of their nutrition. A sacrifice of many social elements, enjoyable foods and some quality of life. A balanced approach would likely not be very effective. Further back on the spectrum, losing a few pounds or maintaining a generally strong and healthy lifestyle do not require as many sacrifices and can produce a highly content and successful lifestyle.
Balance is an exceptional tool for creating long term sustainability but it is not always an effective route to obtain defined results.
Some things to consider:
- What do you want and do you have it?
- If not, is too much or not enough balance holding you back?
Balance is great. It’s my lane and will be for the rest of my days but it’s important to note I am not pursuing elite aesthetics or performance. I am careful to understand that I have chosen sustainability over elite outcomes. Sometimes, balance may intersect with your results. Other times, it might not.
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