Peyton Manning. Serena Williams. Hank Aaron.
Q: ASIDE FROM BEING PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, WHAT DO THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE IN COMMON?
A: EACH OF THESE RECORD SETTING PLAYERS HAVE WELL SURPASSED THEIR PREDICTED CAREER EXPECTANCY.
In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 of “The ‘Secret’ of Successful Professional Athletes” where we looked at several habits that can enhance our day-to-day performance in life. But what’s their secret? LIFESTYLE BALANCE!
I know you may have been searching for something more profound than that, but to me this is the obvious RED flag standing tall in the sky on a blanket of white sand. So what does it even mean? Well, balance in life can be independently defined in detail but can be grouped together by classifying a healthy lifestyle as one that sustains an equilibrium with health promoting behaviors such as exercise, healthy eating, stress management, adequate sleep, understanding of life purpose, etc.
When I personally think of a balanced life I think of a life where I can maintain my professional life in correlation with a fulfilling personal life. I want a consistent exercise regimen including flexibility training, cardiovascular exercise and strength training that supports injury prevention and maintenance for long-term abilities. I desire to attain further financial stability, eat well, get 8 hours of sleep each night and have time for family and friends. I desire continual mental growth and a flourishing spiritual life that is mindful of the world around me.
That is my ultimate vision for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. So let me share what I learned from the reported typical habits of these elite athletes and how I hope to encourage others to incorporate it into their “average joe” active yet balanced lifestyle.
Tips and Tricks to Achieve a Similar Lifestyle Balance
Move more, sit (or stand) less. Keeping your blood flowing is the key to decreasing likelihood of chronic disease, weight maintenance and overall health. So try including activity of any kind throughout your day. Go for a walk around the office, take a lunchtime walk with some friends or hit the gym after work.
Cross train. Physical activity of any kind is good for you, but if you are an avid exerciser, you should consider having a balanced regimen including things like cardio, flexibility, balance and strength training.
Take a recovery day. If you hit the gym daily and are still not getting the results, it might be time to take a rest day or two. Letting the the muscles recover is a must for a successful exercise regimen. So, insert a rest day or active recovery into your weekly regime.
Have a little r-n-r. Rest and relaxation often seems like an uncharted territory when we get so engulfed in our daily duties. So take some time to unwind and relieve some stress. Make a conscious effort to schedule things like a week-long vacation, a monthly massage or a golf day with the guys.
Listen to your body. Have you noticed aches and pains? Perhaps some centralized swelling? Pay close attention to your body’s way of communicating with you, and talk with your PCP about necessary treatment for your ailments.
There’s so much we can learn from others around us in order to improve our health and well-being, so pay attention and do what is best for you!
– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC