Physical fitness is something that I’ve neglected in the recent, and not so recent past. For the most part, I get into a good gym routine, then work gets in the way, and I stray from it, simply because taking the time to work out is not a priority. Unfortunately, as I get older, and I see my daughter looking up to me, I need to make sure that I take care of myself and get to a good physical place so I can stay on this Earth for a while.
For this reason, I just joined the Denver Athletic Club (check them out at www.denverathleticclub.cc). Upon starting my membership, just like any good health club, I was offered two personal training sessions. The goal of the health club, and every health club, is that you will not only become a regular user of their facilities, but that you will use their personal training services on a consistent basis. Since I’ve joined, in the last two weeks I’ve been to work out a minimum or 4 times a week (I’ve gone actually 10 times total, but who’s counting?!), and found a really good fitness routine.
I’m not a big weight lifter. Something about going into the weight room to lift barbells and dumbbells has never appealed to me. But the last two weeks have been kind of a turn back into the weight room because of some of the exercises and routines that my trainer (Thanks Rob!) created for me.
Basically, he incorporates just about every body part into every exercise, which for me helps to get over doing something with one body part. I think that’s what turned me off so much about lifting weights all along, was just working out one muscle at a time. To me, that seemed so wasteful when I knew that I could do so many other things that were productive.
My primary problem now is that I’m so inflexible, for example I can barely touch my toes, that my muscles get sore so easily, and I have to stretch non-stop to get my muscles to a point where I can feel good about working them out again. Rob told me to get my lactic acid going when I’m sore, so doing things like walking or jogging when I’m sore is great to get the sore out, so to speak.
Just over the last two weeks, I’ve dropped about 5 pounds, and that might be even more if my diet would get better. Baby steps, I keep telling myself. I’m only about 40 pounds overweight, so I’m looking at this as a marathon, and not a sprint. At least my mind works that way, so I’ll keep doing the little things to make my body feel much better.
The other thing that I know will come with my increased physical fitness will be more mental alertness, and more mental energy to be able to complete business tasks, which I know is so important. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up at 5am, and need to get a ton of work done over the course of a normal work day (entrepreneurs don’t really have normal work days…) but I’m so tired from working so late that my productivity isn’t really shooting through the roof until about 9am.
The thing that I look forward to the most because of my increased physical fitness? Being able to chase my daughter around endlessly. That’s what drives this goal.
Next time on Engine021, how to prioritize each day to make it the most effective!