What I Learned About My Fitness on Vacation

Fitness on Vacataion, Moderation, Fun

Fitness on Vacation – Moderation and Fun

It starts out stressful, the planning, packing, scheduling: “What’s the weather like at night there?” “Do I need high heels and a blow dryer?” “How many swim suits is too many?” “Did I remember my toothbrush?” “How many hours do I have to be at the airport before my flight?” “Did I remember to forward all my calls, clear my inbox and set my email vacation auto-reply on?” “What about international calling? Do I need that?” “Oh, fuck I forgot to figure out who is feeding the cats while we’re gone.”

Nope, I am not the best traveler. I’ve been traveling and moving since I was three years old, my mother made me visit all sorts of places in my youth and I’ve moved countless times, but I am not a good traveler. I get stressed. I however want to be a good traveler. It’s something I’m working on, because God knows I need more traveling/vacationing in my life.

The past several months I have accomplished a lot for my business Function 5 Fitness, and although I have tried very hard to balance my life, I feel I worked myself into the mentality of an over-stressed, neurotic, modern city dweller. Prior to my recent vacation I had not taken a full week off to relax in 16 months. I started to find myself wound up tighter than Rhonda Rousey’s hair buns on fight day.

In short, I haven’t been proud of my stress induced thinking. Instead of asking, “How can I better help people?”, I’m too often getting caught up in thoughts like, “Are my emails categorized properly or “Did I get to everything on my to-do list today?”

Vacations have a purpose, they don’t just refresh us with extra sleep and social time; they help us remember or redefine our purpose and passions.

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Dealing with Unwanted Breaks From Training

Athletes, Muay Thai, Kettlebells, Training, Rest Periods, Injury

For weeks ago I decided to sign up for my SFG Level II certification and immediately got anxious about being able to press a 22kg bell over my head. I was starting to map out a plan for how by May 10th I could get to where I needed to be. I was all riled up and ready to go…. then I got the flu for the first time in years.

I don’t even remember the last time I had a fever; it might have been when I was in high school. Fever, sore throat, the whole deal and I was out of work and training for a week. Then when I was finally feeling better, I went back to training, started light and everything felt heavy…. then and was hit with a relapse of my chronic back pain. Another couple weeks and a few chiropractor visits and I think I’m finally starting to feel right again.

For someone that only used to take one day off a week from training and not even take more than three days off after a fight. It got me thinking about how my views on setbacks have changed. When I tore my knee in 2009, I sat at home, drank bourbon and read all of the Twilight novels while sulking. As soon as I could walk, I was doing bench presses and pull ups. I booked a fight before I was even 80% better and just told myself I would be better. In truth, I was a bit nuts. Today, while I might be a bit peeved about an injury or illness, I try to put things in perspective. TRY being the keyword.

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Stress Sucks! How Stressed Are You… And What Is It Really Doing to Your Body?

When we think about stress, we mostly think about external stressors like being fired, a death in the family, moving, getting married, breaking up, or bumper to bumper traffic in 101-degree heat with no working air conditioning. While these are valid stressors that do affect us a great deal they tend to be short term. If these were the only stressors we had to deal with in life, we would be very healthy people. However, the stressors that most affect us are not something we tend to think about every day.

It now seems ridiculous that I never realized how full of stress my lifestyle was. I used to be a very active fighter. One year I fought eight times, this was in addition to running my personal training business, having something resembling a social life and struggling to pay the bills (unfortunately professional Muay Thai fighting is not very lucrative). I felt a tremendous pressure to do it all and get to the top. I often trained twice a day 5-6 days a week often sleeping only 6 hours a night and I dieted hard and often to maintain a certain weight. The thing is I felt okay during this time. I felt pretty darn good. I was doing it all and winning fights, but stress is a sneaky bastard. You can only last so long going that hard, and soon I started to feel the effects of chronic stress: fatigue, lack of ability to perform in my training, digestive troubles, insomnia, anemia, irregular cycles, etc.

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