Visiting Parrot Cay (paradise in Turks & Caicos) and staying on track with my exercise routine has been extremely challenging. Staying disciplined with so many options is not easy. Definitely a first world problem, but a dilemma just the same. I also look a bit intense (crazy) doing squats, sit-ups and push-ups on this beach while everyone else is strolling by occasionally bending down to collect a beautiful seashell.
I’m so determined at home, where I have a daily routine – Spinning class, hills to hike, weights to lift and dance classes at the Y. Here, I have to use my imagination while working out with the same intensity. Do I hit the beach? go for a swim? (knowing that this crystal clear water is not something I get to dive into every day), do I bike? How can I possibly go indoors to the gym? Absolutely no way. How do I know that I am exerting the same energy? It’s time to get creative and make this beach my workout playground.
Now, I know what I am committed to – sweating and measuring out 10,000 steps before 8:00 am (thanks FitBit – Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black) and at least 20,000 for the day, coupled with a daily dose of High Intensity Interval Training, but the sun, the sand, the sea, is distracting the hell out of me.
Unleashing Your Best Workout Everyday
Inspired this morning by Todd Henry, an arms dealer for the creative revolution and author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice and Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
These two books are definitely on my reading list.
During his interview on The Unmistakable Creative “Harnessing the Power of Your Authentic Voice“, Todd explains that in order to stay on track and successful you need to be decisive about how you are going to spend your time. Learn what to say no to is extremely important. If you are saying yes to everything you are saying yes to nothing.
When planning out a successful, results-driven, workout routine (and any creative project for that matter) you must set priorities using your finite resources (your focus, assets, time and energy).
Your focus – what are you attempting to achieve? Your assets – what tools do you have to work with? Your time – how long do you have to workout/work/create today? and Your energy – are you nourished? well-rested? ready to put in the time?
I’m very curious, what tips do you have for creating an intense workout routine while on vacation?