Enhancing Work-Life Balance Through Improved Physical Balance

Enhancing Work-Life Balance Through Improved Physical Balance - Beflo

Unlock the Synergy Between Physical Equilibrium and a Fulfilling Life

Achieving balance today between work and personal life has become a challenging task for many individuals. A simple search for 'work-life balance' yields countless blogs, articles, and opinions on the subject. That’s because the pace of life has significantly accelerated, and a multitude of distractions are relentlessly competing for our attention and time. What you won’t find is that you can positively influence your work-life balance by actively improving your physical balance. In this short read, we’ll explore the connection between physical and work-life balance, delve into research and insights from experts like Kelly and Juliet Starrett, and challenge you with some fun balance tests that will not only amuse you but also highlight the importance of equilibrium in both personal and professional spheres. Additionally, we'll explore how modern solutions, including desks, chairs, and other tools, can be instrumental in supporting this journey towards a more balanced lifestyle.

The Link Between Physical and Work-Life Balance

Physical balance is not merely about being able to stand on one foot; it is an essential aspect of overall health and well-being. Achieving physical balance requires coordination, core strength, and body awareness. Interestingly, these attributes have a profound impact on our work-life balance as well.

Reduced Stress and Enhanced Focus:

Improved physical balance leads to better stress management. As we become more mindful of our body's movements and maintain better posture, our stress levels decrease, and our focus sharpens. This heightened focus can translate directly into increased productivity at work and a more present and fulfilling personal life. When you are trying to hold your balance, you’re hyper-focused and momentarily in the ideal state of flow often referred to as the “zone”. Incorporating balance exercises can help trigger flow state as it applies to other areas of your life.
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Energy and Vitality: 

When we maintain good physical balance through regular exercises and activities, our energy levels soar. We feel more invigorated and ready to tackle the challenges both at work and in our personal lives.

Increased Confidence: 

Physical balance builds self-confidence, which positively impacts how we approach our professional and personal endeavors. A confident individual is more likely to take on new opportunities, leading to a more balanced and rewarding life.

Resilience and Adaptability: 

Balance training not only improves our physical strength but also enhances our resilience and adaptability. When we stumble or face obstacles in life, the ability to regain balance swiftly allows us to bounce back from setbacks and maintain a stable work-life equilibrium.
image of Kelly and Juliet Starrett's with their book "Built to Move"

Kelly and Juliet Starrett's Insights:

In their book "Built to Move," Kelly and Juliet Starrett, renowned experts in physical fitness and movement, emphasize the importance of balance in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Their Solec balance/fitness tests offer engaging ways to assess one's physical balance and make significant strides towards improving it. Let's see how in balance we really are with these 2 tests.

Balance Challenge #1 - Solec Test:

Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides, and close your eyes. Hold this position for 30 seconds, trying to maintain your balance without swaying or stumbling. If you find this easy, challenge yourself further by standing on one foot or on an unstable surface, like a balance board or cushion. This is a great balance exercise to incorporate into your standup desk or sitting break routine. 

Balance Challenge #2 - Old Man Balance Test:

This is a more challenging balance test. One in five people fail this test. This is a great one to do every day when you put your shoes on. The goal is to balance on one foot while putting on your sock and shoe and tying that shoe, then repeating this on the other side. See this Men’s Health article to read more and watch a short explainer video. 

Modern Solutions for Enhanced Physical and Work-Life Balance

As a luxury, high-tech smart office company dedicated to enhancing work environments, we believe that the right workspace plays a crucial role in achieving work-life balance. Beyond office-related products, there are several traditional and tech-enhanced solutions that can further improve both physical and work-life balance.

Image of Sarah DeAnna making a yoga position on the Tenon Desk

Ergonomic Furniture, Design and Tools:

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline that focuses on designing and arranging products, systems, and environments to optimize work or living spaces. By incorporating ergonomic principles, you’ll experience increased comfort and efficiency, leading to improved overall well-being and performance. At beflo, workspace ergonomics is at the heart of what we do. Our Tenon Smart Adjustable Desk is the first-ever modular, height-adjustable smart desk with a touch screen, companion app, power and USB outlets and other add-on accessories to maximize your productivity and minimize your clutter. And while we recommend regular standing intervals to work on your balance and improve other health aspects, we also understand the power of sitting properly which is why we launched the  Gabbro Ergonomic Office Chair with 4D armrests; the perfect companion for your Tenon desk. 

Balance and Wellness Accessories:

Consider incorporating a balance board or stability cushions, to incorporate movement and exercise into your work routine. 

Smart Productivity Tools: 

Include productivity tools like smart task managers, focus-promoting ambient lighting (another Tenon perk!), and noise-cancellation devices that help create a more conducive work environment, promoting a better work-life balance.


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Fitness and Wellness Apps and Wearables: 

Numerous fitness and wellness apps offer guided workouts, meditation sessions, and stress-relief exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine, helping you maintain better physical and mental equilibrium. Wearables like the Oura Ring are a favorite at beflo as well as meditation and breathing apps like Headspace and Open


In conclusion, the relationship between physical and work-life balance is undeniably strong. Improving physical balance through activities, exercises, and ergonomic solutions directly contributes to enhanced focus, reduced stress, increased confidence, and improved resilience - all of which positively impact our professional and personal lives.

As a luxury, high-tech, smart office company, we are committed to empowering individuals to achieve a more balanced lifestyle through our innovative office solutions. By investing in ergonomic furniture and incorporating smart productivity tools, you can create a workspace that promotes better physical balance, productivity, and overall well-being.

Additionally, by leveraging various tech solutions, such as fitness and wellness apps, time management tools, you can extend the pursuit of balance beyond the office and into your daily life.

So, let us embark on this journey together, where we strive for balance and harmony, both in our physical movements and in the way we approach work and life. With dedication, the right tools, and a touch of fun, we can create a brighter, healthier, and more balanced future for ourselves.

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