Are You Green and Growing?

I’m on a plane right now, headed to the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.  This is my opportunity to learn more about new fitness innovations, the latest in body mechanic science and discover ways to enhance my teaching.  Coming from a family of motivational speakers, I’ve heard the saying many times, “If you’re not green and growing, you’re probably ripe and rotting.”   Continuing education, no matter what you do, refreshes the mind and spirit.

Our fitness routines can become ripe and rotten too.  Does yours need a check-up?  Are you making fitness gains — or have you just maintained your efforts?  If you’re feeling like every day is a repeat of the day before — you’re probably headed toward rotten.  Here are a few ways to hit the re-set button and jump-start your daily workout:

  • Take a new exercise class. Are there any exercise classes you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t gotten around to trying?  Over the next year, I’ll be reviewing different fitness activities through my Adventure Challenge.  There are so many options out there — aerial yoga, Zumba, Crossfit — there’s even a class called Pound , a fitness class where you workout with drumsticks.  Whodathought?
  • Read a book about health or about the activity that you’re pursuing. A few years ago, I read Born to Run by  Christopher McDougall, a non-fiction book about the history of distance and barefoot running that includes the author’s research on a Mexican tribe of distance runners.  The stories were inspiring and my runs were on fire that summer.  How about a book on nutrition?  The Daniel Plan is an intriguing read which emphasizes getting your spiritual life in order along with your health.  My favorite nutritional book right now is 5 Pounds by Harley Pasternak.  Although the book  promises to help you lose 5 pounds in 5 days, I like Harley’s commonsense approach to eating and fitness which includes getting enough sleep and reducing screen time.  And his recipes are excellent.
  • Invest in a personal trainer or find a fitness mentor. If you’ve been solo for a while, getting input from a personal trainer can up your game.  They have the expertise to help you reach your goals and hold you accountable.  If you’re not ready to invest in a trainer, find someone you know who is more advanced than you.  Take them out to lunch and ask their advice.  Most people love to share what they know.

I don’t know about you, but I hope that I remain green and growing until I’m 6 feet under!  God has blessed us with abundant opportunities to learn and stay fresh.  Hope these ideas help renew your mind and body.

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