So, one of the things I personally wanted to tackle and hit hard was personal training. I wanted to become much healthier and much stronger and more able to move with ease (both my knees are horrendous from sport injuries). So I set goals, got what was needed in order to do so and here is my experience and thoughts…….
Getting what I needed:
Time; you have to find time to do scheduled workouts (this is huge). Mornings I spent with my kids having breakfast and watching morning cartoons while completing core strength exercises. I did sit ups for Autism Awareness and push ups for PTSD Awareness in First Responders and also for Vets of Wars. I also did lots of stretching and solid core movements. The tummy has been trimmed lots and I can see lots of improvement…..my wife appreciates the abs too so that’s always nice as well!
Also almost every day I hit my personal gym downstairs for 45 minutes at first and then after a few weeks my kids were playing awesome and I can now push myself to have a full body exercise in an 1 1/2 hour. With warm up and cool down periods too.
Place / Location: sometime this can be a mat (morning routines) and or space that is free of tripping and or hitting hazards (kids learned that toys need to be picked up). Outside work well for running and jumping obsickles for cross fit routines.
Tools of the trade: I started with free weights (kijiji is a great place to start otherwise can be very expensive) I was doing a Bow Flex at the Fire Hall during the school year but I am finding I can do more with Free Weights. I use Kettle Bells daily for various ‘Functional Fitness’ routines and muscle groups. I recently bought a Battle Rope and totally love it too. I did purchase a bench with leg press for my birthday in April and really utilized it this year too.
Food: I am a junk food junkie (just ask my kids and wife) and I limit myself to a bag of chips a week and one trip downtown for lunch a week (which is hard when you live in Port Dover with awesome fast food joints so close to home).
I eat lots and lots of greek yogurt and granola, cranberries, blueberries, cucumbers and fresh fruits and vegetables (The grocery bill is horrible). I have two handfuls of Almonds and pound two protein shakes a day. Red meat is my best friend – DeKonings (Local Butcher) knows me by name now.
Water, water and water (its been a hot summer and you need to stay hydrated) but I focused hard on 4-5 glasses a day, H2O is very helpful to prevent cramping and sore muscles the next day.
Support Network: Find some people you trust to keep you in tack! I venture from time to time to the goodie drawer and my kids (God love them) tell me not to do it all the time! My kids and Wife also push me to venture downstairs each day (I think its my wife’s way of saying I need a break from you when she is not working). My kids always come down and play in the toy room while I tackle my pre-set determine circuit or routine for the day. I even bought them weights so they can participate which they do from time to time but I do not push them.
I also have a good buddy from the Fire Hall; Josh that pushes me and encourages me to try new things and or attempt a challenge of some sort.
Mindset: This one is HUGE! Somedays I really didn’t want to hit the routines (and that’s ok) but I always tried my start up / warm up and usually I was amped and rocking within 5 minutes to work through it all……I got to say feeling like one of Xander’s favourite Avengers; The Hulk can become very addictive!!
So this summer I took this and put it all in place and I can honestly say I am in the best shape I have ever been, more happier and feel much more energetic (sometimes my kids even tell me they are tired and need a break before I need a break), so I know we have progress!!
I would like people the think about something; I had the summer entirely off as I am a teacher, I also watched my three kids all summer too. We went to a park everyday this summer after morning cartoons and Dad’s core training. We ate lunch together (Fresh foods and clean products) at the counter watching the Jays or Olympics. We worked out downstairs in gym, well kids sometimes. then we always hit the pool in the afternoon and played outside on various obstickle coarses we would design in the backyard. Walks and bike rides before Mommy came home from work and had dinner ready too.
Sounds busy eh?!!? It was!! But…….if I can manage to slide it in while with my three busy kids anyone can do it too. Now being entirely off helped too but design a program that fits within your schedule and work hard at it.
I get to take two things away from this this summer;
- feeling so much better mentality, physically and spiritually
- modeling for my kids that being healthy and active are important