Working out is now a part of my everyday routine. I plan my workouts so far in advance (typically in 30 to 90 day training blocks) that I don’t even have to think about it early in the morning when the alarm goes off and I head down to my small basement gym. With that said, living a fit lifestyle isn’t just about the hour (or 30 minutes or 2 hours!) you put in to your workouts every day. It requires a constant investment…call it an attitude adjustment for your body!
I’m in and out of airports for my regular job all the time. These places are FILLED with shortcuts: escalators, elevators, moving platforms, not to mention really unhealthy food! Do you think I use this as an excuse to slack off? Nope! Even when an escalator is my only way up from the underground tram at the Atlanta airport to my gate, I don’t RIDE up, I WALK up. If I’ve got a connection that’s one terminal away, I walk there. Moving platforms? I don’t think so! In fact one of my favorite things about the Atlanta airport and coming home is the massive escalator that takes everyone up from tram level to the arrivals level. I don’t care if its 10:00 at night when I’m coming home, I’m JOGGING up those million steps in my suit and business shoes, briefcase and/or suitcase in hand!
In your daily life, try to find little ways to make your body MOVE instead of REST. You’ll actually have MORE energy as a reward for your constant investment. Stand while you talk on the phone. Take the stairs, not the escalator. Ride your bike or take a walk for ten minutes instead of zoning out in front of the TV.
I went to Niagara Falls with my family yesterday. What a blast! Think they’ve got stairs there? You bet! My son and I even found a huge rock to conquer LOL! For me fitness isn’t just about tolerating the 60 – 90 minutes I workout each morning. Its constant “work” that enables me, at 44, to jog up 100-something steps to get to the top of whatever, to run around the backyard playing Frisbee or freeze tag, and to scale 15 feet of rock with my young kids. Before I changed my life through fitness, I never could have done those things…or if I tried I’d be gasping for breath and sore the next day.
When I think back on what enabled me to change the direction of my life, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the disciplined, almost fanatical, approach I took to my first round of P90X and subsequent hybrids of P90X, One on Ones and Insanity. I had 43 years of bad habits built up, and you don’t change 43 years of bad habits by taking a passive approach deciding to make a change. You almost have to become obsessed! (Get used to that term by the way…your “normal” (meaning unfit) friends are going to call you that at some point in your fitness journey! Trust me.)
When I’m not working out or at work, I search message boards, studying about nutrition and supplements, and interacting with others who’ve had success with P90X. I don’t ever want to go back to my old habits, so I’m constantly thinking about how to improve myself physically and mentally. I’ve made a complete 180 in my perspective on health and fitness, and it’s remained a habit for nearly a year now!