2020 is here, and the holiday season has finally slowed down to a dull buzz as everything settles in for the year to come. with a new decade at hand, there seems to be a stronger pull to set intentions not only for the month or the year, but for your life, for the next ten years ahead. we may not have all the answers to our goals and desires, but one thing is clear, the global trend that’s carrying us forward is balance. everyone is tired of fake, fad, hype, and complicated. these fast-moving lifestyle trends quite often keep us spinning our wheels without actually achieving our goals. now it’s about clear, simple, practical, and balanced approaches in our well-being practices, workout routines and nutrition. what does your balanced wellness look like?
well-being was the buzz word of 2019 seeing a giant shift from over-spiritualized practices to a preference for centered awareness. yoga, meditation, breathing practices, holistic therapies, tropical spiritual retreats, and endless options for pursuing the secrets of life went from being a tidal wave to a pulsing ripple. we learned that even though all of these have great value in and of themselves, there really can be too much of a good thing. balance has come on the scene restoring these practices to their simplicity and returning the focus inward.
working out is all about hype, right? the energy in your zumba class will keep you pumped as you sweat out the calories, but this doesn’t mean the focus of working out is frenetic and always on to bigger, better and faster. we love trying out new workout classes and techniques; however, we also know that at the end of the day, it’s about movement. exercise can be repackaged, repainted, and freshly presented, and that keeps us excited. we also know that we can slip quietly into the dawn and take a light jog around the neighborhood.
nutrition may be one of the most convoluted and exhausting frenzies of them all. diets contradict themselves, labels are designed for distraction and confusion, nutrition articles are biased and food restrictions, sensitivities, and imbalances are on the rise. we need balance around nutrition more than anywhere else in our lives.
it’s time for clean, whole foods. we need ingredients we can understand, chemical free growing practices, non-restrictive food spectrums, and a simple understanding of what food is. nutritional balance is returning to the fundamentals, fats, carbohydrates and protein and understanding our need for all three in our diets. balance means knowing that you need a little bit of everything and knowing how much of everything you really need.
as you search for balance in your life this year, bring yourself back to the basics. though pop fads and new theories may be fun to read about, be more authentic with yourself and choose what feels right and good in your body. the beauty of balance is that it is non-restrictive. it won’t deny you what you love. balance brings everything into moderation so you can continue to enjoy your pleasures in life without paying a price.