How to attain balance…

Leva Cafe Computer Chai Latte

Well that title was misleading.

So I’m sitting here at Leva, one of my favourite café’s in Edmonton, after a 12-hour day sipping chai and madly at work. I know we at Blitz rarely talk about this mythical thing in life called “balance”. I’ll be frank, I don’t live a balanced life: building a fitness business is one of the most odd juxtapositions of trying to eat properly, exercise regularly, seek mindfulness, work as a personal trainer, build community, mentor trainers, network, market, be philanthropic, hang out with friends, keep family relationships, and maintain some semblance of sanity… take a breath, that was a really long list. Balance, equilibrium, or whatever the heck you call it hasn’t existed in my life for the past 30 years.  But I think that’s actually ok.

So tell me what exactly is balance? I’m not saying that a caffeine fueled hyper-speed lifestyle is the solution to all of the world’s problems but I also don’t believe that a true divide between work, home, and life can be achieved. You can’t check your problems at the door when you come home if you are passionate about what you do. Passion leads to work, plentiful yet fulfilling work. If you’re not passionate about something, then stop what you’re doing because you’re on the wrong path in life. I’m not telling everyone to quit their jobs, sell your worldly possessions and risk it all for a dream; that’s quite simply not achievable or realistic. But what I’m saying is to find something that you’re passionate about that benefits others and let it consume you and kill your old self. That self that used to sacrifice becoming who you truly were because of a fear of what others would think of you. Abandon the self that hesitated to take a leap because of a small whisper that you let become a loud voice in your head. Yes it’s going to be stressful, and yes you’ll lose that beauty sleep you thought was so important, but, in the end fulfillment doesn’t sit back and watch the clouds roll by. It runs towards a vision of who we want to become; it is unbridled, determined, and intentional.

So how does this all work into fitness and holistic health? It shouldn’t be a person’s goal to become fit or healthy. No matter how “hot” you think you are, the physical self breaks down, and we all pass away eventually. What’s left is the body of work, your influence, that you leave in the small corner of the world that you lived in. Health is simply a tool that allows us to channel our energy properly, become more disciplined, and intentional with our actions. I’ve learned that all this talk about balance is a great guide but it should never be the obsession or the destination. So go do some yoga, hit the gym, be mindful, but don’t let it get to your head and prevent you from truly realizing your potential.

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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