#Prioritize: Fitness Improves Performance

As mentioned in my previous post (#prepare), the second topic that needs to be considered when on the road is how you #prioritize fitness while on the road.  

There are a littany of excuses: meetings all day, last minute emails, rushing to catch a plane to get home, boss wants to catch up etc.  My dad would say, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”  In this context, I am making the point that setting expectations around how much “me” time you need is important.    

The next question is: How do you use that “me” time?  Understandably, when you feel tired, your first inclination is to sleep.  However, are you really sleep deprived?  If so, why?  I would wager you could connect these issues back to the foods you eat and your exercise routine.  

Case and point: I couldn’t sleep last night and I planned to get up in the morning to excercise before my 10+ hour day of company meetings.  I woke up after 5ish hours of sleep feeling beat.  I knew I didn’t have a full workout in me but, could I walk the stairs of the hotel?  Sure.  Could I stretch out in the gym?  Most definitely.  20 minutes of walking broke me out of my haze, geared me up for the day and reduced my “missed workout remorse”.  

When I was training for triathlons, one of the first peices of advice I received was regarding the 10 minute rule.  Try something for 10 minutes, if you can’t continue, then stop.  I’ll bet you have more than 10min in you.  The benefit?  You feel like you did something and didn’t totally fall off the wagon, allowing you to have the confidence to prioritize a workout at another time

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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

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