Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.

BALANCE a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportion.

Balance is not something that I am very good with. I am always saying, “I need to find balance”. I think that this quote is correct because I have been looking for balance for many years and still have not found it. So, it is time to get serious about this and create balance in my life. I am going to start with my fitness program. I was talking with someone recently and they asked if balance was my word for the year. I had no idea what they were talking about. They told me that they pick a word at the beginning of each year and focus on that all year. So, BALANCE is going to be my word for 2020!!

I have an all-in kind of personality. I did my first triathlon in 1997, and for nearly 20 years I was all-in with triathlons and endurance training. I was a cardio junkie. I had read that triathletes needed to strength train in the off season, so I did a few bicep curls and some squats and that was my strength training. Not too much or too heavy of a weight because then I would be too sore, and that got in the way of swimming, biking, and running.

I started dealing with some health issues five years ago and I still tried to go back to my cardio junkie ways and I continued to beat up my body. I was not getting stronger, or losing weight, and nothing seemed to change – and I certainly wasn’t feeling better. I started working at Core in April of 2019. We preach strength training…real strength training with heavy weights. Not just few bicep curls and squats. So, in June, I decided to really buy into this theory and try it out on myself. And oh, my goodness what a huge difference that made!! I felt so much better, my body did not hurt all the time, I lost weight, got more toned, and looked better. I was happier with me. So, in my lack of balance world, I went all in on strength training.

While I have been loving all the strength that I’ve gained, I have realized that I do miss cardio a little bit. I LOVE mountain biking. It is my happy place. On New Year’s Eve I went out for a mountain bike ride and it was ugly!! I was stronger but had no endurance.

Oh, and don’t forget the recovery piece of fitness. We need yoga or trigger point classes to recover from the cardio and strength training.

So, my resolution in 2020 is to CREATE (not find) balance in my fitness program. Too much of anything is not a good thing. I want to get stronger (maybe change it up with some different strength classes), I want to get back on my mountain bike and maybe even do a little running. I want to make it a point to get my recovery classes in each week (when I don’t seem to have time these are the ones that I tend to skip).

Balance is hard!!! We are all busy with life – family, work, things that seem to take our time. Join me in 2020 and create balance in your fitness, health, and overall happiness.