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5 Insane Exercises to Get Your Life in the Most Balanced Shape of All Times

Posted May 28 2011 1:52pm

By Anastasiya Goers
life balanced exercise“Anastasiya, are you insane?” was the questions I heard last weekend. “Not yet, but I am getting there,” I replied.

Last week my husband and I started the Insanity workout (this is not a product review or advertising post of any type) and amazingly this workout started changing not only my body but also my mind. If you don’t know what I am talking about, the Insanity workout is a 60-day workout plan that gets you in the best shape of your life (at least that’s the promise.) This workout is strenuous, high-intensity and definitely hard-core. I believe that this program is an excellent preparation for the mud run that I am planning to participate in next fall.

Insanity is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I want to ask you to keep me accountable. Please send me emails, post questions on Facebook or twitter asking me how I am doing with the program. If you want to join me – please do so, it would be fun sharing our experience.

How about you, how often do you push your limits?

While Insanity definitely has a physical focus I learned several very balancing life lessons after starting it. Here are 7 insane exercises to get your life in the most balanced shape of all times.

  1. Get out of your comfort zone. A lot of people believe that life balance is a still state. You find it and you hold on to it without any further movement. You feel comfortable, you are content and you stop aiming for more. I am sorry to disappoint you, but this is not true life balance.

    To feel truly balanced you need to grow in life, to set new goals, to become a better person day after day. Is there something that will push you out of comfort zone? Do it today!

    Any new skill, any new goal, any new experience will make you a more vibrant and balanced person.

    I learned this lesson the very first day of Insanity. My husband and I did a fit test (which of course we thought would be easy.) After 25 minutes we were sweating and hurting all over. Both of us work out regularly but we got too settled in our comfort zone and we were not using the full potential of our bodies.

    When you are finished changing, you are finished.
    ~Benjamin Franklin

    Exercise 1: Are you in your comfort zone right now? What can you do to get out of that comfort zone and grow, improve and flourish in a new and exciting way? Don’t just sit still, start moving forward right now.

  2. Be mindful. Life balance requires mindfulness on every step. You can easily lose weight if you are mindful of your eating habits. You can have balanced relationships with your loved ones if you are mindful of your words and actions. You can be more productive if you are mindful of your habits and routines.

    I must confess that during my third workout I felt pretty low on energy and I felt a knot in my stomach. I heard about people throwing up during these workouts or hurting themselves. I was not planning to be one of those people. That is why I was extremely mindful of my body. A short breather helped me get back on track with the exercise.

    Exercise 2: Practice mindfulness every day no matter what you do and how long you do it.

  3. Choose your teachers. We often think that we can be taught only when we are young. After that we have all the knowledge in the world to go on with our lives.

    If you want to live a life of balance you need to pick your teachers. You are never too old to learn something new or to follow somebody’s advice. There is always somebody who is more knowledgeable than you are in a particular area.

    Being a student (in the academic or life sense) is a humbling experience. Being humble lets us take control of our pride and ego. It lets us be open-minded and receptive to new experiences and circumstances. A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for – 7 Balanced Keys of Successful Living . One of the comments really added value to that post and I wanted to share it with you:

    “I just want to add to your fifth point (Believe in something greater than you.). I come from East part of the world, and it is different from Western world. We give respect to our elders and no matter what they do. We take blessing from parents and gurus by touching their feet. This will help us from lot of things especially from ego and pride. When we touch their feet we no longer think that we are greatest. When we don’t think we are greatest then we control our ego and pride. I don’t say to do this here but I just remembered about it while reading. “- Sunil

    As adults we have the privilege of picking our teachers (something we could not always do in school.) Your teacher can be a person you know in real life, an author or a speaker on a particular subject, your parent or an elder who you respect.

    The way Shaun T presents all Insanity workouts is very appealing to me and my husband. It just clicks. Can you think of teachers that you can “click” with?

    Exercise 3: Today create a list of your life teachers. Write down different areas of your life (relationship, health, work, emotional balance, spirituality etc.) and pick teachers for each category. Make sure that you actually use the advice that you get from your teachers.

  4. Find your partners. We all need support to stay balanced. One of the best things about the Insanity workout for me is that I do it with my husband. It is fun for us to work towards one goal, to motivate each other and simply have one more thing in common.

    When you are looking for life balance you need to find your partners too. If you are married you need to make sure that your spouse is your partner no matter what you do and what happens. Take time to strengthen your relationship , to work on it daily and show how much you mean to each other.

    If you are not married then ask your friends or family members to be your partners . Start exercising with your sibling, start simplifying your life together with your friend or join a community of like-minded people.

    Exercise 4: Think of the people who can be your partners. Talk to them about your plans, get them excited about your goal and inspire them to live a more balanced life. And don’t forget to have fun no matter what your goals are.

  5. Go for it 100%. You can’t be just 30 or 50% balanced. If you want to make lasting changes to your habits, routines or schedule then you need to be 100% in it. The minute you decide to make a change you need to jump in it all the way.

    When you are just at the beginning of something new you need to keep the momentum going otherwise you will revert to your old lifestyle. Give yourself a deadline, set up a plan and go for it!

    Exercise 5: Write down your goal and the steps that you need to make in order to reach it. Just go for it right now!

    Consistency, persistency and patience are your best friends when it comes to improving your health, physical shape, and all-around life balance.

What exercise will you do today? Don’t forget to share this article if you found it helpful. Thanks!

Keep it balanced!

Photo credit: It’s Holly

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