Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Getting Serious About Getting Fit: A discussion on work & physical fitness, and finding balance between the two . . .

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” —Aldous Huxley

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Interior Inspiration: The gold shelves at Tracy Anderson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles fitness studio, designed by Windsor Smith.

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

June 6 marked the one year anniversary of when I first began working out three times a week, every week. Quite an achievement, given that my relationship with physical fitness of any kind has always been a difficult one, having always been slight with little or no effort. There is a thought in our circles that you are either in business or you’re fit — said, of course, in jest — but the sub-text is that keeping fit takes an enormous amount of time and energy, and if you are running a successful business, you most likely do not have the time and energy that it takes to sculpt a perfect body. And perhaps there may be some truth to that.

I adore working (a little too much at times, perhaps), and when we began running TIG full-time, I happily threw myself into the work, simply because I loved it so, and love it still. However, all the long hours and late nights at the office lead to a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, which in turn lead to weight gain—a little at a time, nearly imperceptible, until one day, I no longer felt like myself . . .

With the start of many long walks and climbs up Arthur’s Seat and bicycle rides along the coast in a new city, the weight began falling off, and I began thinking that perhaps it was time to find a compromise between working & working out, and that the two need not be mutually exclusive, but rather, that the working out could actually help with the work (energy, creativity, etc.). Since then, I have been training at the gym (with the help of someone who knows what he is doing) three times a week for a little over a year now, and have never looked back.

Our workouts involve strength training (working with weights), and phrases like progressive overload (gradually increasing the stress placed upon the body during training to continuously increase the demands on the muscoloskeletal system in order to gain strength and endurance), Bulgarian Squats with weights, and Dead Lifts, (among other rather ambitious things), and a lot of hard work.

I still work too much, but I also take as much time off as I like, whenever I like (we recently took a four-day trip to Ibiza, left) and more importantly, I now make time for fitness and I look and feel like myself again, only stronger, which may be the best achievement of all.

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ” —John F. Kennedy

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

THIS & THAT

From the The Is Glamorous Instagram, raspberry & coconut smoothie bowls for breakfast. Here’s a Mango Açai Smoothie Bowl Recipe, and find more recipes here.

 

 

 

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

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TOMORROW is already the last day of the first month of this brand new year⏤how has your new year been so far? Have you been a whirlwind of new goals and accomplishments, or have you been having trouble getting motivated? Tomorrow is also the day that a new phone and tablet are set to arrive, just one part of some life admin tasks getting crossed off the list.

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