Fitness Tips

The Great Balancing Act: Life vs. Fitness

July 10, 2015


Let’s all be real for a second: we could alllll use a 25th hour of the day sometimes.

Between jobs, school, projects, friends and fitness, we all tend to become master jugglers.

Whether you’re a student, office worker or jetsetter (#lifegoals), I’ll be the first to admit that when things get crazy, fitness is sometimes the first thing we skimp out on. Balancing life and fitness is hard. So today I wanted to share a little post I wrote for TheLadders about creating some harmony between hectic everyday life and fitness goals. Whether you’ve got a solid work-week routine or are just starting to search around for the big E (employment!), these tips can hopefully help.

1. Work working-Out Into Your Schedule
Just like I said in my post about designing your own workout routine, it’s really important to really structure in time for working out. Make the gym your happy space or a morning run the jumpstart to your day. Keep it up for a few days and it’ll start to feel like second nature.

2. Take a Real Lunch Break
I know this isn’t always possible and might sound like a broken record, but try getting out of the office/school for some fresh air or just set aside time to really eat. I knowwww this is easier said than done; why just eat a salad when you could eat a salad and check emails? If you really focus on eating (and not multitasking), you’re going to feel fuller and more settled.


3. Get A Fitness Buddy/Community
Us humans are social creatures. So get together a weekly gym crew, recruit your cubical buddy for daily walks or hunt down an online fitness forum; whatever works for you. Some enjoy talking about Xwerks CBD products together to improve their workouts. If you want to take up a sport like tennis, you can use a tennis partner finder to seek out tennis players in your area you can buddy up with to play! While I personally don’t like working out with people, I love talking with my friend about what they’ve been trying and exchanging tips. Even if it’s just someone to get matching twin sets with, anything helps to give you motivation to achieve your goals.

4. Remember 80/20
Another problem that can stem from a delicate work/fitness balance is the feeling that if you mess up one day, your past month of good eating and working out is ruined. I promise it’s not. Tonnnns of people swear by the 80/20 rule: eat really well 80% of the time and give yourself 20% to enjoy yourself. That Venti Chai Latte with whipped cream (is that a thing?) won’t be the end of the world. We do recommend having a look at best bcaas for men to get you on the right track and help keep away those cravings!

5. Stop thinking about Fitness Separate from Life
I know this sounds cheesy and sounds like it’s asking a lot but if you make fitness your life, it won’t be a chore or an extra thing on your plate. It’ll just be. I can personally say if you start thinking of fitness as your go-to or just default way of being, it all gets 10x easier.

(Here is a photo of how awesome you’ll feel:)


All this is easier said than done; trust me I know. But all it reallllly takes is some willpower and good organisation to make balancing life and fitness second nature. I always tell myself that if Anna Wintour can fit in a tennis game before her daily morning blowout, I can fit in some weekly gym-time.

What other kinds of posts would you guys like to see!? How do you balance everything?

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  • Kate July 10, 2015 at 11:09

    Exercise is definitely the first thing I sacrifice when I have too much to do! You have some good tips here though and I totally agree with the 80/20 rule. I find it’s much easier to be good most of the time if I have a treat to look forward to. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Pia S July 11, 2015 at 09:22

      Exactly! It’s all about moderation. Thanks for reading Kate!

  • Romantiquely July 10, 2015 at 11:25

    Can I just start off by saying how adorable you are? Hehe seriously such a cutie pie. I really love this post so much, the positive vibes are so motivational! I agree with everything you said especially about treating yourself sometimes and by integrating fitness and making it an integral part of your life. Fantastic post as per usual sweetheart! xxxxx

    • Pia S July 11, 2015 at 09:22

      Aw thank you!! Are there any posts you’d like to see? xx

  • Quinn July 10, 2015 at 14:02

    Love love this post! It’s so difficult to follow-through with all of this at first, but practice makes perfect 🙂 I try to literally pencil in my workouts, like I would a meeting. I wouldn’t miss a meeting at work, so why should I miss a good workout?

    • Pia S July 11, 2015 at 09:22

      That’s the spirit! For me, the hardest part is schedules the post-workout showers and getting-ready time too. Thanks for reading Quinn!!

  • Elyse July 10, 2015 at 14:46

    Great post! unfortunately I have found myself in that rut of not being able to balance work/downtime/fitness. I try and get out for a walk during my lunch break, but for the most part I get home and veg out without doing anything.
    The weekends are my workout time! (no time for workouts and sleep and food after a 13 hour day!)
    Buuuuut— I always take the stairs 😉

    Lovely post hun! And you crack me up with your pictures!

    • Pia S July 11, 2015 at 09:21

      I totally feel you. I’ve also kinda been in a rut, tbh. Glad you’re digging the pics haha.

  • Alyssa Monique Bustillo July 11, 2015 at 07:56

    Being fit is hard to manage! great tips you posted <3
    By the way I nominated you in The Versatile Blogger award. Do drop by at my blog for the details

    • Pia S July 11, 2015 at 09:20

      Aw thank you so much Alyssa!! Glad you like the blog 🙂

  • Denise July 11, 2015 at 18:25

    I loved your top, you look so beautiful! In fact, I am like that right now, I need a day of 28 hours 🙂 I liked your tips very much, the real lunch break for example, would be nice, instead of eating junk food to be faster! Hope you have a very nice weekend!

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter July 12, 2015 at 23:04

    Great tips! I really need some working out motivation those days. It’s so hot outside that I can’t imagine doing my regular routine at Central Park. I am more into Joe’s Coffee (I spotted the cup!) and reading emails while eating those days LOL

  • Kat Horrocks July 13, 2015 at 06:50

    Love this, being active should be a part of life not just something we reluctantly do once in a while when we can get to the gym 🙂

    Kat |

  • ohjade July 13, 2015 at 11:47

    great post! lately i’ve been slacking… a lot! haha
    cause i couldn’t find energy to do my workout, with work and university stuff to do..
    but i really have to start the workouts again! it’s the best feeling ever, after you’ve finished a good workout…
    thanks for the tips! 🙂
    xx, jade

  • Kaitlin July 15, 2015 at 13:03

    Love all of these ideas! It takes awhile to get into the morning routine but opens up so much time after school/work! Also, love JOE coffee in that picture 🙂