A friend of mine asked me how I manage to balance my life and career while making time to train and develop as an athlete. I figured Id share my response with you all.
I prepare my workout clothes the day before I workout. I prepare my food for the next day the night before. I food shop on the way to work Monday morning and keep the fridge here and my desk stocked with healthy foods for the entire week. I keep dumbbells and a jump rope in my car. I keep swimming gear in my desk in case I need an emergency workout. I do group workouts because it holds me accountable. I find others who specialize in an activity that I want to improve in and schedule workouts with them to learn from them. I read books and magazines about active lifestyles and the outdoors. I write about and share my outdoor and active pursuits with family and friends via the internet. I keep a spreadsheet of my competitions and results. Im canceling cable next month which will require me to get out and go over someone elses place if there is something important to watch.
So what are the helpful tricks that you use to get outdoors and stay active?
yeah! The revolution will not be televised. You can come watch American Gladiatiors with me. I have a big screen TV at my "office", which is one of the few places I stare at that damned box.
Having workout clothes and snacks always on deck helps me too. Also, as a personal trainer, I highly recommend people who desire to get in superior shape to look into becoming a fitness professional. Teaching exercise all day will keep the body tip top. On the rare ocassion that I "go out" at night I stay drinking water, otherwise the harmful effects of alcohol kind of curb the positive aerobic effects of dancing. Whatever you do keep it fun. Always incorporate new exercises into the workout, and try new activities to continually stimulate the body. I am taking a spring board diving class at community college. haha. It is so fun! Marital arts is also a great way to push yourself, and as Toby said, the group activity keeps everyone accountable. Buy an iPod, a bicycle, rollerblades, rockclimbing shoes and other sports specific gear. You will feel obligated to get your money's worth. Celebrate your ability to move.