My health and fitness practices are the same all year long and I’ve been developing them all my life. I train in my garage gym or outside, I eat home-cooked meals, I drink water and keep a consistent sleep schedule. I coach others on their own behaviors, nourishment, and exercise. So why am I writing a blog about it now and not before?
COVID-19 is the reason. The term “corona virus” has been coming up in the public conversation for a few months, but it wasn’t really top of mind because it wasn’t in our backyard yet. Then, a few weeks ago people started worrying about their cold & flu symptoms, bringing it up more in conversation, and rescheduling appointments. Then less than 2 weeks ago, my son’s school was put on lockdown until April 24th. Something serious was going on. That first week we were told to minimize our social activities and work from home if possible. Certain types of businesses were shutdown, expanding from schools to restaurants, bars, and gyms. Now the governor of Washington State has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” proclamation, and we’re basically all on house-arrest until the spread of the virus is under control.
I’ve been contemplating a health & fitness blog for a while now (years), but it just never happened. Too many other things to do, I guess, and things that were more important to me. When I left my health club job last year and started my own coaching business out of my home, I put “website” on my long-term to-do list. But, life is busy and I’m a busy guy. It didn’t happen. Then I was on a webinar with Jim Crowell from OPEX Fitness and he said if there’s a big change in your business you’ve been on the fence about, this might be the right time to do it. The game-changing event was here and we would all need to adapt and overcome.
So here it is. I will be posting a blog entry every day (weekday) for the foreseeable future (God willing). Some will be long, some will be short; but along with workouts, good food, sleep, and coaching, this is part of my daily routine now.
If you flip it on its head, this health crisis is actually a perfect opportunity for all of us to double-down on independence and self-reliance. The world’s health authorities are all giving the same advice that I give every day: practice good hygiene, get plenty of sleep, drink water, exercise daily, eat well, be mindful of your emotional and mental health. To quote Marshawn Lynch, “start taking care of y’all mentals, y’all bodies and y’all chicken”. Financial health is important too.
Day or night, hot or cold, health habits maintain and the fitness train keeps rolling. Life goes on.
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