Well here we are within the month of May. That time of year when people get out and about to enjoy the fresh air and revel in what will soon be summer. With this brings us what I’d like to call “Spring/Summer Work-Out Season”. You know, that time of year when the sidewalks are packed with dog walkers, pace walkers, runners and even families just out for a stroll.
I myself do enjoy a nice walk and activity and I like to join in as much as I can. I love walking or riding my bike with my kids around the block or to a nearby park or maybe a walk through the woods to enjoy the outdoors. For some it’s making the time due to busy lifestyles. For many it’s the drive to stay healthy. Which got me to thinking: What’s the true motivation to “Get Active”? For many activity makes people feel good, helps people sleep better, make people look better which in turn will make you feel better about yourself, which is great; I commend that.
But for myself I can struggle with the drive to do so. Overall I’ll get it done, get in some “work” as the true athlete may say, but I have to work on it. I used to play softball 2 nights a week and throw in some golf with that and there you have an active week. Now, I’m shuffling kids here and there, taking care of household things and by 8pm and grabbing a sandwich before bed.
Now, if you toss at me the $500,000 “workout bonus” the great Aaron Rodgers receives per his new contract, hell I’d work out too. I’d be that ass bag at the gym asking to “get in a set” and push you off of a machine for half a mill. I’d be the Monica Seles of the gym grunting and groaning my way to more muscle mass to count my dough, baby! I’d crank up the Olivia Newton-John “Let’s Get Physical” on my iPod and get that work in for a nice hot paycheck. Man I’d run like Forrest Gump! Anything I’d need to do to get paid!
Added, when did getting out and about take on an entire new wardrobe? I see people in spandex/dry-fit shirts, pants, gloves, hats and even shoes it seems. All of which are specific for “working out”. And by God you can sure as hell spot these folks as the colors are neon, man. Lit up like a pack of teens running to a rave. Then there are the TV ads for various types of “programs”. I personally like the “Insanity” commercials. Watching and hearing of the near vomit stages people get to I guess is amusing. I personally would like to try it but I also think I’d need to be in fact insane to TRY the Insanity workout. Regardless of your desired attire, whatever makes you comfortable and safe is all good by me.
Many people find the drive in being active in becoming better at an event, like a better time of a 5K, half marathon or triathlon. One of my dearest friends Dan Andraschko (or “The Dutch Duke” as I like to call him) recently finished his 19th half-marathon. 19 for Christ sake! He’s an animal with this shit, and he’s good! I’m just amazed how he turns in such great times while running in those wooden shoes. And man, those blisters, but he’s a bad ass and he’s got drive and that’s what matters.
This past winter I had what was a staph infection in my right leg. Now I wish I had a great lore-like story of how I got that; something like I cut myself while in flight off a dismount of a pommel horse in Amsterdam, but there isn’t one. So I lost some time and now I’m trying to make up for it. Going for a walk, then a faster pace, get in some golf if I can and then add in some yard work and it makes me feel good. For me, being active is about weight control and my kids. It’s just how it has to be for me. Whatever it takes for you to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors or activity. By all means find that “it” that will make you go and get after it. In all, we mere mortals do not have the prize of $500K to stay in shape. In all we need to take that $500K in value of a better healthier life, to feel better for ourselves and to in some ways do it for our kids to get them active as well.
Now, go have some fun in the sun and I’ll catch up to you if I can…