As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
When you run multiple locations of Boston’s original indoor spin studio, developed and implement an intensive spin instructor training program, are a wife, and are a mommy to a human baby and fur baby, then you can only imagine how full your plate must be at all times. Cate Brinch, the owner and operator of Recycle Studio, knows very well how to manage the aforementioned plate as it is her day-to-day and reality. With many accolades such as “Boston’s Best Cycling Studio” from publications like Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine, we would say that Cate is balancing things pretty well.
1. What does a Balanced Life mean to you?
I think everyone has a different equation for finding their balance. Let’s call it the equation to filling your “life tank” (ahem, borrowing from Vicky from Real Housewives Orange County). If the life tank is full at 100%, then you have to figure out what percentage of each of the things in life that make you tick get allocated. For me, my “life tank” is full when the equation involves being a wife, mom, businesswoman, fitness junkie and making time for a glass of wine with a friend or family member!
2. Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
Yes, planning is essential to the process of finding balance for me. Time is precious and I like to know that I am making time for each of the above mentioned things, so I am a big planner. Once something is in my calendar, I don’t miss it. You have to hold yourself accountable to the things that you plan out before life tries to get in the way. I was even like this when I had a newborn baby. I created a schedule and help myself and her to it (as much as possible) so I could feel some sanity during the crazy infant phase. So, I think creating routines is incredibly important.
3. What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
Self-love and positive body image go along with feeling confident in yourself. Self-love is more of finding an internal confidence and positive body image is more about external confidence. I hope everyone that takes a class at my studio, Recycle Studio, leaves feeling both of these things. A great workout should leave you feeling physically and mentally amazing… and gives you confidence in yourself!
4. What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite work out routines, favorite healthy/dish snack, etc)
For me, my workout routine helps me achieve a balanced body and it involves three things: Btone Fitness’s Megaformer classes, rides at Recycle Studio and runs around the city with my husband (and daughter in the jog stroller). Each workout serves a different purpose and at the end of each week, I feel so balanced when I have fit each into my schedule. My soul feels best when I am surrounding myself with good vibes. This is why I have it stamped on the walls of my studios!
5. Words to live by/ favorite quote that has to do with positivity, good vibes or positive body image?
Don’t stop until you’re proud.
Stay tuned next week for a new Balanced Babe!