Fitness Meets Life

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One thing I’m adamant about in my own fitness life is the way fitness slots in with my day to day goings on. Working out isn’t just something I do, it’s my lifestyle. I always try to figure a way to be active into my day. For me, that’s been the key to keeping going, staying motivated and setting new goals.

Integrating activity into everyday life can come in so many forms. Be it cycling to work or trying out some new exercises at home. I also really love to use social media to document and share my activity. I’m currently training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October and I post an Instagram pic of my run each day. It’s nice to be able to look back on that once all the training’s over and see the places you ran. In December, I do a thing called ’80 Mile Month’ using Nike Plus. I set up a challenge on there with all my friends to get us to run a total of 80 miles (or more) during the month of December. Traditionally it’s a month during which it’s easy to slack off, so this is a fun way to get a little friendly competition going on and make sure we all get out and stay active.

Dinners with friends are now usually preceded by some sort of workout or a run. I’ll sometimes meet business associates by going to a workout with them first, then having a meeting.

So I wanted to see what you guys do to build fitness into your lives. Do you have a weekly workout with friends? Have you organised a lunchtime run club at work? Do you have competitions to see who can get the most Fuel points on their Nike Fuel Band? Let me know in the comments and maybe we can give each other some ideas on how to stay fit, social and interactive.

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14 Responses to “Fitness Meets Life”
  1. Manuela says:

    I am lucky to have a gym at my office, I work out at lunchtime every day – it breaks up the day nicely and I feel so much better for it! On weekends, I volunteer at a farm which is a hard work out (mostly when we have to stack 25kg hay bales) and tons of fun!

    • Spikes says:

      Ahh I love that your office has a gym. Makes it so much easier to fit that workout in and I agree, a lunchtime workout always gives me an extra jolt of energy to get through the afternoon. Volunteering on the farm sounds awesome! And I imagine that is really tough work. Go you!

  2. Helen says:

    I also try and build runs/cycles into networking. I’ve been surprised at how many people in my professional network are into running/cycling/triathlon and up for a run or cycle before/after meetings.

    I travel a lot for work and always take my run kit with me. It is even more important to get my fitness fix when I’m travelling / eating out more, and it helps overcome jetlag!

    • Spikes says:

      I hear ya – I’ve been caught off guard a few times when people have said ‘let’s go for a run sometime’ rather than ‘let’s grab a coffee’ when it comes to networking. I’m enjoying that shift though. And I totally agree – my trainers are the first thing I pack when I’m traveling.

  3. Kassia says:

    I work for myself so I squeeze in workouts during the day when the kids are in school and then work at night if I have to catch up. Sometimes I run with friends, sometimes I run alone. And sometimes like tomorrow AM I will get up at silly O’Clock so I can get my interval training in and be back home in time to get the kids up, ready and fed before 9am.

    Having said that both my girls (aged 9 and 6) enjoy running with me (albeit a bit slower) so this weekend when I had a 20-22 mile run to do for my marathon training I ran 18.25 solo, 2.5 miles with my 9 year old who can maintain a sub 10min/mile pace and then did a final 1.5 mile ‘warm down’ with my 6 year old which took 18 mins. This way I get to run and spend some time with each daughter individually.

    • Spikes says:

      You are a frikkin’ legend. I love that you’re setting such a great example for your girls. They’re going to grow up with such a great view of fitness and being active. Kudos!

  4. I run with my dog. I get better exercise than just walking, he’s now super fit, and it just fits nicely into my day. Plus it’s more fun than running alone!

  5. Emily says:

    Living in NYC you can be active in between EVERY part of your day — it’s what I call the “getting there” workout. Walking the extra blocks, hopping your bike as transportation, meeting up with a friend while walking the highline instead of sitting at a coffee shop. Get it in where you can fit it in, I say!!

    • Spikes says:

      I love the ‘getting there’ workout! I absolutely agree, it’s all about fitting it in where you can. And I think that’s a really healthy attitude too, to acknowledge that simply walking a few extra blocks or whatever is all movement and all contributes to being active. You don’t have to spend 2 hours in a gym for it to be considered a workout.

  6. Caitlin says:

    My gym is right by my office so I lift weights on my lunch break. Also, when we bought a house we deliberately chose one near our county’s 40-mile recreational trail, so we always have access to that for running and cycling, and we aren’t far from the beach or from Olympic size pools. We’ve made a lot of choices in our life to make sure being active is as convenient for us as possible, which really helps a lot.

    • Spikes says:

      I am loving the sound of where you live! Beach, pools, 40 mile running trails – where is this magical land?! So awesome that you have all that around you though – makes getting out there and using it not only easier, but that much more enjoyable.

  7. Meg says:

    Dates with my husband include Saturday morning crossfit, recovery swim at the beach and then a rock climbing session during the week.

    We chose our apartment based on a location close to parks to run in, a crossfit gym we could walk to, a beach that was 15mins away and close to a climbing wall. (Not an easy feat!)

    We both work horrible hours and I travel a lot. When ever we feel like skipping a workout we have two mantras we repeat.

    1) Our/My health is a priority.
    2) “We’ve never ever regretted a workout, but we’ve always regretted not working out.” Normally said at 5:45am in the middle of winter.

    When I travel, my workout gear is the first thing I pack. I plan the hotel I stay in around the quality of the gym. I time my trips to coincide with the Nike run club sessions in the area. I also know where and when the crossfit sessions are in the places I am visiting.

    My health is my priority – and I schedule it as protected time.

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