If you think that backpacking alone will keep you fit – you are up to a rude awakening. It will only do if you have extremely sedentary lifestyle and eat junk all day. Otherwise, you’ll have to make effort my friend. Nothing in life comes free, so getting in shape and staying in shape requires some sacrifices. After all you spend your time and money on backpacking, it will be a real shame if you are not fit enough to enjoy them. Luckily, even small changes counts and are steps towards getting fit.
‘Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.’ ~Robert Collier
Rise and s..mile
I cannot tell you enough, how important it is to begin your day with a smile. To tell you the truth, I used to wake up grumpy and got to be easily irritated by even the smallest things around me. Then a friend of mine told me his small secret to happiness – he never goes to bed without a smile, and he always wakes up with a smile on his face.
‘What a weirdo’, I thought and almost immediately forgot this small conversation. However, one particular day I simply woke up happy. I smiled to the mirror when I went to the bathroom. I kept smiling to my reflection when I brushed my teeth and I left home happy.
That whole day was different, and I truly enjoyed each and every minute of the day. Right then and there I decided to keep doing that every morning for the rest of my life. My wife says that I am much happier person now, and I pay attention to the small things in life.
Get a healthy morning ritual
So, dust your happy self off and kick your butt to do some exercise. Even the smallest effort matters. Even if you have just 5 or 10 minutes you can do something positive for your body.
Slowly circle your head, shoulders and ankles. Rock your legs a bit to loosen your ankles.
Next, stretch your body. Open your arms, stretch your legs. Put on your top and pants, get in a good pair of workout shoes and let’s move: First do some press-up and sit-ups. Then do some squats. Finally do some planks to strengthen your core.
Yes, it’s THAT SIMPLE! There will be times you don’t feel like getting out of bed and just want to spend these 5 mins conveniently buried in your sheets. Remind yourself that exactly these minutes would make the difference between being a coach potato and seeing fit bodies only on TV and being that fit body yourself.
If you fail one time, dust yourself and try harder next time.
Drink plenty of water
Being dehydrated would reduce your brain and physical performance with 30%. Don’t be lazy ass. Drink at least half a gallon of water each day.
And remember, Coke and coffee do NOT count!
Kick off junk food forever
You might think that eating junk food for a week or two won’t be a disaster, but think again. It is enough to ruin your good habits. It takes many more days to get back in shape. What if you don’t eat junk at all? You won’t have to deal with the consequences or your reckless eating habits. How good is that?
Remember, you only have one body your entire life. Take a good care of it, if you want to be healthy when you get old. Be the best person EVERY DAY. Make every day counts, so when you get old, you won’t regret the things you didn’t do.
A quick motivational video to keep you inspired: