Living a Balanced Life

Not having time should not be an excuse to put off living your best life. These two busy-bodies have the formula to living a healthy, balanced life.
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Photography by Gregg Lambton-Carr

Two Lowcountry locals talk about striking a balance and how to fit daily exercise into their packed schedules. The key is to dial in when disconnecting, to maximize me-time and dare we say it, be a bit selfish; because ultimately, taking care of yourself lets you be the best version of you for those you love.

Working 60 or more hours a week, Dr. Jack Considine still manages to incorporate physical activity into his impressively full schedule. Cycling, paddle boarding and swimming are his lifelines in achieving a healthy outlet. “I try to work out or do something to be active every single day. I balance that by mixing it up. I usually cycle a day or two a week, paddle a day or two or swim.” 

In his commitment to maintaining physical activity, he finds a positive correlation to his functionality with other responsibilities. “It makes you more relaxed at work, more accommodating and interactive. Days I don’t get a workout in, I can tell. I just feel a little off.” He emphasizes these activities’ role as a necessary part of his life. “I would say activities like this are more my oxygen rather than my passion.” 

Dr. Considine admits that it can be incredibly challenging fitting in a workout, especially when traveling. He believes that what works for him is having a flexible routine, finding gaps in your schedule and keeping realistic expectations. “Once you have realistic goals you can say, ‘Yeah, I can set 30 minutes a day to walk or jog.’ Once it’s realistic you can attain it. I think it’s helpful to have a routine, but be flexible because it will always change.” He continues by advocating for the importance of variety. “The monotony of long, busy days can become oppressive. Shake it up by constantly varying your workout routine. It will give you something to look forward to and add some spice to your day, and as an added bonus, variability will protect you from repetitive stress related injuries.”

Living a life of balance and moderation has become Jenny Fisher’s mantra and the key to her success in creating a lifestyle that is sustainable. Unlike many fad diets or workout programs, Fisher advises her followers that slow and steady wins the race. “My goal is to help people find sustainability and to have a dialogue with yourself.” Often those committing to a healthy lifestyle change begin with a cold-turkey, Monday-is-the-day attitude, but she argues that this is not practical in the long-term. Instead, she suggests, before doing anything, to simply have an honest conversation with yourself. “Don’t do anything out of the norm. Instead, reevaluate and assess what you are already doing. The second step is where we can make tiny adjustments.”

Fisher continues to post 15-minute workout videos on her Instagram account that inspire other busy women looking to maintain their health and confidence. “You have to find your routine and look at your workout as an opportunity and not as a task.” For mothers, she believes that this could mean a conversation with your partner to express your needs. “It takes an ounce of selfishness and conversation with your partner to let them know, ‘Hey, I really need 30 minutes to myself,’ whether that be to work out or meditate.”

After becoming a mother, her perception of herself changed which allowed her to meet her goals. “I stopped beating myself up. I focused more on being athletic, doing high-intensity interval training workouts and lifting heavy weights. That shift made my body respond.” (Continued)

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PHoto: Greg Lambton-Carr

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