“How do you do it? How do you spend so much time on the road and stay in shape?”
It is a question I get a lot actually, way more than I would expect to. I get it so often that I actually started a blog about just that (go figure!!). The reality is it is no harder to stick with a fitness program on the road than it is when you are home (in fact, it may be easier). The challenge is much greater than just being a Road Warrior, it really is about how do you make a fitness routine not feel like a……well, a routine?
Let’s take a couple of minutes to really break down what makes a good routine and how to make it stick.
Have a couple of unbreakable rules:
If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that being Road Warrior Fit centers around 5 key rules. You can read all about them here but for summary’s sake, here you go:
- Do something, ANYTHING, every day
- See Fruit, Eat Fruit
- Don’t eat anything fried
- Workout first, then you can have wine
- Don’t eat in any restaurant that you could eat at at home
Then know when to break them:
No, I am not giving you permission to skip your workout today because there is a harvest moon or the fact that it is $0.25 wing night at the local watering hole. However there are times that the best thing you can do for your body is rest. So if you are sick or hurt, let your body work through the healing process. You can read my own recent experience with fighting sickness while on the road here (don’t worry, I spare you the really gory details of my experience. Trust me, you should thank me for that).
Variety is the spice of life:
Currently I am training for my first half marathon as well as the first Grappling Tournament I have done in several years. Very different goals but it has added a variety to my weekly work out routines that I have really enjoyed. The change in exercise and venue keeps my body guessing and brain engaged. Although more than most will try and tackle, my typical week looks like this:
Monday – Lifting/TRX workout
Tuesday – Running and Kickboxing
Wednesday – Lifting/TRX workout
Thursday – Running and Kickboxing
Friday – Lifting/TRX workout and running
Saturday – Kickboxing/karate/grappling
Sunday – Lifting
The point being we are all creatures of habit. We want familiarity in our lives. We also get bored easily so having a familiar routine that is boring will lead to easy excuses to not follow through. So plan to mix it up, cross train. If you are a runner – mix up your routes/distances, speed, Interval train, etc. Add in weight training at least one day a week (believe me, you will become a better runner). If your chosen workout is cycling, find a set of Yoga videos you enjoy, the flexibility gains you will get will help with your cycling comfort and time.
Failing to plan is planning to fail:
Now before you think I am either insane for working out as much as the list above suggests or that I am just lying trying to make myself look good, that list is my options for each day. If I am lucky enough to be home on a Tuesday or Thursday night, you can be sure to find me on the mat for Kickboxing. If I am on the road, you will find me out on the road getting in a run. Since I know my options, I am able to plan around the travel. Variety is the spice of life but just like cooking with spice, you have to have a plan going into the preparation to come out with a dish worth eating.
So has your routine become routine? Plan today to mix it up then let me know how it works for you. Until then, I’ll see you on the Road.