Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Introduction to The Balance Project

It's a little hard to believe that my daughter is going to turn one month old this Saturday, February 21st. It seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital.

As I am settling into my new role as mother of the cutest girl in the world, I believe that now, more than ever, I truly understand the need for a balanced life. My friends at Balance Bar are consistently looking for ways to help people like you and me attain more balance in our lives. And so I introduce you to their new campaign, The Balance Project.

Below is some information provided on behalf of The Balance Project:

In a recent effort to define the nation’s level of balance, researchers found that 98% of Americans believe achieving and maintaining balance in their life is important, however, only 14% report that they always feel balanced. To help bridge this gap, Balance Bar Company, makers of Balance Bar® uniquely balanced energy nutrition bars, has launched The Balance Project, a multi-year, multi-platform program to open a dialogue that will aid in improving America’s levels of balance. 

While we can all relate to the importance of balance, there’s not much out there to help us share how we’re actually finding balance. The Balance Project is an online hub to share ideas, daily victories and challenges and even have some fun as we all embark on a journey to sustain balance.

According to the research, the most common ways Americans try to achieve balance is by keeping their finances in order (66%) and through activities that improve health – like getting enough sleep (68%), eating healthy foods (56%), and exercising regularly (48%). Just because it’s important to find balance in certain areas does not mean it’s easy to achieve. For example, when it comes to health and diet, roughly 2 in 5 Americans think it’s difficult to actually find balance. The Balance Project’s exclusive guide, Gabrielle Reece, a worldwide fitness and wellness role model, entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three, will provide advice, tips and her personal insights for addressing and achieving balance in these areas.

“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.” (Check out her article on "A Life with Balance" by clicking here.)

Balancing Act
Balance is a very fluid goal, as our levels of balance are always fluctuating, even day-to-day and season-to-season. For example, Americans report being the most balanced on Saturdays, and the least balanced on Mondays. They also indicate that they are most balanced during the summer months, and least balanced during the winter months, when 61% of Americans report feeling unbalanced.

Gender Wars
According to the survey, 70% of male respondents indicate that they are more likely to feel balanced, while only 63% of women indicate the same. What are men doing differently? Staying calm. When looking for balance, ladies should take the idea of “don’t sweat the small stuff” to heart. In nearly every area tested, women are more likely than men to admit something has a significant impact on throwing them off balance, including finances, sleep, health, and family. 

Maternal Instinct
A mother’s work is never done, but at least she knows where to focus her attention to find balance. Nearly every single mom agrees that health (99%) and family and personal relationships (99%) are important to achieving balance in life. How can the busy mom get to a Zen state of balance? For starters, get outside. Enjoying nature (67%) and taking vacations (66%) are the top actions that have a significant impact on achieving balance for moms. Spending time with a significant other (63%) was revealed as the next most impactful way for moms to try and achieve balance. 

I encourage you to check out The Balance Project's website for some great tips and videos on staying balanced. Plus, you can take a fun quiz to find out how balanced you are!

Now that I've just about conquered my first month of motherhood, I expect you'll begin to hear more from me. I've got great plans for March and I've also got a Balance Bar Giveaway for you all; coming soon! I'm gaining a little more balance in my life every day and it feels great!

Disclosure: I have received product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar.

1 comment:

  1. This looks interesting....Can't wait to read more about it :) Thanks for the link!!