Blog - fitness
Posted by Matthew Pearson on 17th Sep 2017
Most workout routines are of indefinite duration. That is, your plans are to never stop. Such routines require focus, determination, and discipline. However, most trips are only a week or less in duration. Whether for business or pleasure, you are doing something different, for motivations different from your usual ones. In the case of vacations, you are intentionally changing your routine for the purpose of fun and relaxation.
These distinctions are important because traveling presents an opportunity to give yourself a break and shake things up. Good! That mean you can give yourself some time off from your good behavior! If you think of traveling as a reward, instead of a challenge your discipline, you can feel good about a break, not guilty.
The need for rest and time off from serious exercise programs is routinely underestimated. Even though you may not feel tired or sore, your body is recovering from not only your most recent exercise session, but your whole recent exercise history. Your body needs a rest. As importantly, your mind needs a rest. Even if you have been disciplined and dedicated, or perhaps especially if you have been, you need to cut yourself some slack in order to maintain your exercise habit long term.
So don’t worry. Have fun! Come back re-energized and re-dedicated to fitness. Come back re-energized and re-dedicated to yourself and your long-term health.
Looking for a good zinger to use with your sedentary friends? Try some of these: You can spend your money on your health now or your diseases later. The only way out of this is to die prematurely. Seven days without working out makes one weak. Nothing tastes as good as health feels. So much for the positive ones. The negative ones are more fun. [...]
Exercise principles are pretty simple, so you’d think there are only so many things you can do to improve your fitness. However, free enterprise always seems to come up with new ways to entice people to pay money for the latest thing. For those readers too young for this to be obvious, here are some examples that can teach [...]
We know that exercise is good for us. We also know that “fitness” is good and that being overweight is bad. In fact, both consistent exercise and high fitness levels are associated with longer life. However, in recent years some people have proposed that you can be both overweight and fit without much exercise. Really? Can you be fat [...]
We’ve all heard that big commercial gyms experience a surge of new memberships in January and that these new members stop showing up soon thereafter. The usual explanation is that people lose their enthusiasm for their new years’ resolutions. A few months later, the new pitch is to get in shape for summer, the beach and all that. What [...]
Much has been written about how long it takes to reach your fitness goals, but not much about how long it takes to lose these results. Yes, once you get in shape you have to keep working to keep it. But how long before you lose it? A more practical way to ask this is -- how long can [...]
Just when you thought you knew how much exercise you need, a new study comes out to make you question your previous thinking. For many people, the thinking has been that a little goes a long way and that the general heal returns diminish pretty quickly after that. However, a study published in February 2017 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings [...]
You have to be careful about giving fitness gifts for the holidays. Some people can take it the wrong way! It all depends on the recipient. Do you know how yours will react? It may not even occur to fitness-minded people, but some people receiving gifts that can reduce their body fat can interpret the gift as an insult that they are [...]
It is commonly believed that exercise can help relieve stress and anger. However, a new study suggests that you shouldn’t workout while you are extremely upset because it can lead to a heart attack. In the study, over 12,000 people in fifty-two countries were surveyed after they suffered their first heart attacks. They were asked about their level of exertion in [...]
You have probably seen images of men pumping iron in prison and looking in great shape. If you think your own situation makes it difficult to exercise, maybe you can learn something from the inmates. Imagine how you would probably feel if you were in prison – crowded, frustrated, and angry. Can you harness and focus those emotions? That’s what [...]