Well, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go... go outside, go outside, go outside! What, did you really think I'd mention snow? Pssh, not from me. I'd plant palm trees in my front yard, if they'd survive and if I had a front yard.
I know that going outside is probably the last thing on most people's mind this time of year. We want to stay inside where it's warm and cozy. Where there's television and food... soooo much food.
If you've been reading my articles for any length of time, you'll know I'm a big fan of challenging your comfort zone. I think that growth only happens outside of it. Actually, if you sit on your rump and eat enough holiday food, growth will occur, but that's not quite what I have in mind.
Why should you brave the elements? Simple, because it's good for you! When was the last time you went for a walk? When was the last time you went for a hike? Both can do us all a ton of good.
In my work as a personal trainer, I meet lots of new people. I perform lots of assessments on those people. One thing I can say without a doubt is that those who simply go for walks are consistently in better shape than those who go for couches. (Ha, I made a funny).
In fact, I recently met an 82-year-old man who is still actively hiking and walking, and you can certainly tell! He hasn't lifted much, but he took right to the machines. He also has full mental awareness that most cellphone-addicted teenagers would be jealous of.
I regularly see people who have not participated in walking or hiking and have lived fairly sedentary lives. Their bodies don't lie. They are generally frustrated and have had enough by the time they see me. So why not start now?
Start by going for a walk around the neighborhood. If that's too tough, do what you can, then try to do a little more the next time. If that's not enough, strap on a weight vest and play the Rambo theme music as you walk victoriously.
Once you're comfortable with that, venture out to one of our local state parks. I love hiking because it lets you get away from all the flashy screens of phones, TVs, and computers. It allows you to reconnect to nature, which is a great way to gather your thoughts and feel inspired.
If you pick up anything from any of the articles I write, let this be the one. Leave the inside and go outside. Rid your lungs of the recycled indoor air and breathe the fresh air of the outdoors. See the beautiful sights and forget about the overload of sites. Take some pics and share them on Facebook if you have to stay connected, but just get outta here!
Andy Frisch, NASM CPT, CES, PES, WFS, IFT, NESTA FNC, is a successful personal trainer and nutrition coach who enjoys working with clients of all shapes, sizes and ages. He currently train clients at Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon, works with clients online at www.FreshEvolutionFitness.com and has a budding YouTube channel.