Video: Ever wish you had better balance? Today's workout gives you a chance to work on that skill. It won't leave you sore or sweaty, though! These exercises are all about neuromuscular training: Getting your nerves and muscles to work together so you can control your body precisely.
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Yoga can be more than a relaxing way to spend a rest day. It can be a challenge in itself: you can build serious strength working up to impressive poses like Crow or Dancer.
In slacklining, you balance your way across a flat rope, similar to tightrope walking. Yet the difference is in the type of rope and its tautness, which altogether can feel more like a really thin trampoline. It's a fun reason to try something new with family and friends and is a surprising way to destress, too.
Occasionally working late, heading into the office on a Saturday and going above and beyond your job description is par for the course when you care about advancing your career. However, that doesn't negate this other fact: You deserve to work for a company that values your personal life, understands the importance of flexibility and most of all believes spending time with your family matters.
Many of the people who visit me in my therapy practice spend time talking about work. How much work there is, how they never seem to be able to get it all done, how many hours they spend at work, how tired they are all the time and how fearful they are about losing their jobs. They've read articles telling them how they can improve their work/life balance. They've delegated and relegated, meditated and ruminated.
A picture doing the rounds claims to be the note presented to Apple employees on their first day at work. Would being told that you're about to do the kind of work that you'll want to "sacrifice a weekend for" make you feel like you'd arrived at your dream workplace, or would you run screaming for the hills?
Whatever happened to technology getting smaller and more integrated? A research project tracking banking executives has found that most of them carry two smartphones, a tablet and a laptop. The trade-off for the extra weight is the ability to better balance work and personal commitments by ignoring the 'work' phone out of hours.
Those of us who have had to deal with annoying or aggravating bosses know how it's tough to shake it off at the end of the day. A new study explains why it's so hard, and why so many of us suck at it and wind up bringing our stress home, where it hurts not just you but your family, your friends, and your other relationships. Let's look at the study and talk about some ways you can learn to check your bad boss at the office door when you leave work.
You don't have to look too far to find an Australian office where Facebook is forbidden, LinkedIn isn't liked and Twitter can get you terminated. According to Clearswift's Worklife Web 2011 report, 33 per cent of Australian workplaces now block or discourage the use of social networking. That's up from 20 per cent last year, and the highest of the five countries covered in the survey.
We're big believers in a flexible approach to the workplace here at Lifehacker, and a recent survey of local employers by Regus Australia suggests that most employers already offer some flexible options. As with so many surveys, however, the devil is in the detail.
We're no strangers to discussing the issue of work/life balance here at Lifehacker, and the challenges can become particularly acute if you decide to work from home. Here's five aspects of the issue that are worth considering if you're struggling with balancing life and work commitments and/or trying to move to a more flexible workplace arrangement.