Making Fitness A Part Of Daily Life
It seems kind of funny to me when people ask how can they make fitness part of their daily lives because Ioften wonder if they really want the truth. The reason I say that is because fitness is a lot like any other hobby. You have those that dabble and then you have those that are, well, a
little farther out of the norm.
It reminds me of that quote where Jack Nicholson says "Truth? You can't handle the truth!" You see, the fact of the matter is that some of the fitness crowd do things on a daily basis that to "normal" people seems a little strange.
If you want to answer a question like how to make fitness a part of your daily life you have to look at who you are talking to. For the average person just getting into fitness, you would say a very politically correct bunch of tidbits like what is about to follow:
1. Walk to work instead of driving.
That all sounds pretty familiar doesn’t it? It's pretty standard fair for a personal trainer to blurt out when trying to give some general guidelines. But what about that other part of the population that would like to make fitness a part of their daily lives? You know, the ones that are a little "out there". The people that the normal folk would call, "fitness nuts".
Here is how is how a fitness nut would act on a regular day because they love fitness and moving is a joy that has no comparison.
You wake up and immediately drink a glass or two of water. You know you are dehydrated after all night. You jump into the shower and let the hot water warm up your muscles and you start your stretches. A couple chest stretches using the shower wall, some deep squat holds, a couple lunge holds for the hip flexors and some forward bends to ease up the hamstrings from your previous leg workout. Funny I know but all these stretches make shaving your legs a whole lot easier!
After the shower you have to get your daily clothes from the laundry downstairs, so you bear crawl down the stairs. Once you have your laundry, you jump up the stairs taking them two at a time. Then you bear crawl back down because you dropped a sock and your t-shirt.
After you have breakfast, you go to brush your teeth and hang from your doorway chinup bar to get a good stretch. You're feeling pretty good this morning so you throw in 5 chinups too while your at it.
After work you didn’t feel like going to the gym and that's o.k. because you know how your body works and you know you need a nap before you can really pound out a super intense workout.
After your nap you go over to your laptop and crank up your favorite tunes. You decide to workout at home today because that's what you feel like doing. You decide on this workout:
5 Handstand Pushups
You set your watch to 30 minutes and decide to do as many rounds of the above circuit as you can before the alarm goes off. 10 minutes later you are sweating like crazy. Your spouse thinks your insane and your kids are laughing their heads off. The most important thing is that they admire you for taking care of yourself so that you will be around for many, many years to take care of them.
30 minutes later you're all finished and only 10 feet from your own shower and family. After everything is said and done you lay in bed with a smile on your face and slip into a deep sleep with a smile on your face. You're physically tired and very happy because you are one of the rare few that make fitness a part of your daily life.
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