There is a great message out there by Andy Stanley from Northpoint Church in Atlanta (watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt5tkQS7K4Q or buy his book here http://www.amazon.com/Guardrails-DVD-Avoiding-Regrets-Your/dp/0310893984). In this message Andy talks about guardrails. You know, the ones that keep you from running your car off of that bridge and/or cliff. Pretty simple design actually, put posts that are really thick, buried deep enough down to withstand a serious impact and then attach a solid steal rail to them. So even if the worst happens, you should be able to stay on the road rather than ending up in the ditch or off the cliff.
If you spend any time at all on the road, you have to install guardrails in your travel life. While I have put guardrails up around my mind, spirit and most importantly, my relationships, for this post I am going to focus on those I have installed around my physical fitness. I’m not implying that you need to have the same guardrails as I do but you do need to have your own guardrails. Below are the guardrails I have in my own Road Warrior journey. They have served me well for the past 5 years and I hope that they can inspire you to put your own in place. I will expand on each in later posts but here are the basics.
- Do something….anything….every day!!! – I really don’t care what it is. Run, lift, do Pilates, hit up a Beachbody DVD, walk the local mall/tourist attraction or train at a local martial arts studio. Heck, I have been known to run on the treadmill in the Admirals Club and have been caught running stairs in the airport. If you are doing more than a day trip, you need to be doing something active.
- If you see fruit, eat it – Often times when you check in to your hotel, there are apples on the counter. Or in the gym, there is a basket of fruit. Or in the airport gift shop, there is a refrigerator with various fruit options. Pretty simple rule, see it….eat it.
- Don’t eat anything fried – For the most part I avoid anything fried while on the road (there is a wonderful place in Fort Lauderdale that has lobster corndogs that I make an exception for though…unbelievably good and you can check them out at http://www.coconutsfortlauderdale.com). What this also means is I do not do ‘cheat meals’ on the road as my cheat meal usually involves something fried. Those are saved for being at home with the family where we can enjoy it together.
- Workout first, then you can have wine – I love red wine. I believe there is a reason that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine… just sayin’. However, my rule on the road is I will not have wine (or any other alcohol) if I have not had a workout first.
- Don’t eat in any restaurant you could eat at at home – The restaurants you find at home and on the road are chains. They are all about systems and duplication. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but I want quality and nutrition. Ask the front desk or Yelp/Google/Urban Spoon about whom to go eat with. Every region of the country has a specialty that when prepared right is fantastic tasting and fantastic for you.
So there it is folks, my 5 Guardrails when it comes to physical fitness on the road. What are the rules you live by, either on the road or at home? Any I am missing? Looking forward to your input as we travel this road together.