Personal Sustainability – A Life in Balance

{3:18 minutes to read} As an architect and designer, I want to help reinforce the advantages of a life in balance by designing environments conducive to promoting personal sustainability. There are 3 vital aspects to that.


1. Fitness By Design


Henry - pB - Image - Personal Sustainability - A Life in Balance 1Creating a fitness routine is paramount to a “Life in Balance”.  It is important to have a convenient space to exercise. That is why we are asked to design so many home gyms and spas as the convenience of being able to work out at home reinforces the convenience of your routine.


Maintaining your fitness regimen in part is about repetition and convenience. Having a dedicated space and time slot synched up with your personal schedules helps you stick to a routine.


Start your day by engaging in an activity you love, such as your favorite sport:

– Stretching

– Yoga

– Swimming

– Bicycling


will create a more pleasurable and positive mental experience. You’re going to look forward to that activity versus just grinding out exercises that you don’t enjoy.


Designing a space depends on the activity. The high intensity interval workouts, require very little: a yoga mat, a few light weights, and a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated.  We install lighting of a specific wavelength and color to further animate and energize your workout


2.  Relaxation by Design


Alternatively, the relaxation regimen and calming the body is equally important.


Henry - pB - Image - Personal Sustainability - A Life in Balance 2After a good physical workout, one can shower or take a hot bath, adding epsom salts and minerals to pep up the body or relax. Your skin has a high capacity for absorption. If you have had a morning workout you might want to shower or bathe and rub an oil infused with eucalyptus or pine to energize the body. To relax during the evening, you might try chamomile or lavender oil. A hot bath at the end of the evening as part of a sleep hygiene ritual can prepare for a better night’s sleep. We are designing so many home spas helping clients integrate these bathing rituals which enhance their quality of life.


3.  Nutrition by Design


I would like to have you ponder your breakfast room or dining space. The design of this should be as inspired as the food you prepare. Imagine breakfast in an outdoor garden or a metaphorical interior garden with plants and a view to nature with ample natural light. This setting can not only change your mood but also elevate the dining experience.


A home gym for exercise, a home spa that promotes relaxation and an inspired dining space, will contribute to living your life in balance.

Robert Henry