Behind the barriers & balancing work/life!

I’m writing this on the hottest day of the year! 🌞

As its so hot, it can be difficult to get the motivation to exercise. I would say that’s perfectly normal.

This got me thinking about exercise & food & having a sustained approach towards your chosen goals.


I have a few clients who have had difficulty in staying on track, for differing reasons.

Here it’s important to consider the barriers to their achievement.


BARRIER – definition;
* a circumstance or obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents communication or progress.
* synonyms:
* obstacle, obstruction, hurdle, stumbling block, bar, block, impede


What I have noticed over years of training clients, is that you have to look at what’s happening behind the barrier.


So a client might find it hard to eat correctly & ‘fit in’ exercise. They might get up late because they are tired from workload & stress. This can limit food prep time & then they can have to make difficult food choices when looking elsewhere. They might stay longer in work which encroaches on their evening personal time. They feel stressed with work, which increases the food reward mechanism – ‘the I’ve earnt this syndrome’ & this can increase the emotional eating response. As we have also learnt before too, chronic long term stress can  have a major impact on fat storage.


So behind these good intentions towards eating better & moving more, are basically work putting pressure on personal life, thus creating an even bigger barrier.


So whilst we can work on improving many areas of life, this barrier will need to be investigated. It’s a personal choice that has to be made. Some questions you might want to ask yourself?


Do I carry on with this same working format?

How much am I prepared to adjust, to make my personal life better?

What can I adjust to help my own personal goals, whilst still working effectively?

How important are the goals I’ve set to me, when balancing work & personal life?

Are my goals realistic with my lifestyle at the moment?

What do I need to do to make this work?


Like anything in life it’s a choice. How much does your goal mean to you to want to change your work/life balance. Consider the barriers that impede your own personal progress & consider what’s happening behind those barriers too.

Best wishes
Stuart 😊