TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
JL: Joe, 32 years old, New York City, Strategic Account Director @ Videology
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
JL: Fitness has always played a pretty big role in my life. I ran in high school, cross-county and outdoor track. In college, I played on intramural football and basketball teams, as well as discovered a passion for lifting. Exercise in some form has always been an important part of my life, but it was always some what disorganized until the last year when I set goals and created a plan. It’s amazing how a little pre-work and plan can have such a big impact.
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
JL: Currently I have been lifting heavy 3 times a week, with at least 2 other sessions of some sort of cardio, whether a boot camp, HIIT, boxing or other functional fitness class. I shoot for at least 5 days a week with sessions lasting an hour.
TSC: How do your prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
JL: This can be a big challenge. Wellness is a little easier, but sometimes life, work, family, friends, etc take priority. It’s so easy to get knocked out a solid routine if you allow it to happen. The best part about fitness is that all it takes is one solid lift, class, Sunday playing football, trip to the slopes or visit to a new gym to reignite your passion and reason for all of the other hours put into making sure you perform at your peak.
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
JL: It’s an incredibly important part of being healthy and balanced as well as helping manage stress. It also sets the tone and gets rid of the superfluous nonsense. You can’t underestimate the value of a solid sweat to either start your morning or close your day out!
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life? Wellness? Sleep routines? Meal prep? Favorite healthy places to eat out/recipes readers should try?
JL: Going back to my other responses, I would say it’s all about balance.
Diet - I pick and chose where I cut vs. indulge. While I skip the bun on a burger, I will likely add cheese and snack on a few fries. I also think that cooking at home is something that can be a game changer. When you control what and how much of each ingredient you are putting into your body, you are a lot better off.
Wellness – I am a huge proponent of recovery. Massage, rolling out and stretching are essential for preventing injury and pushing gains in the gym. I started experimenting with Romwod midway through this year and plan to fully incorporate it into my workout plan for 2017.
Misc. Sleep and education. In addition to listening to your body and making sure you are getting enough shut eye, I think its important to exercise your brain. As cookie cutter as that sounds, reading, whether magazine articles, books, newspapers or websites can help improve your vocabulary, ability to represent thoughts in a more effective manner, help learn new skills and be another good stress outlet.
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
JL: Find what works for you. Every magazine you pick up, fitness expert you talk to, co-worker at the water cooler, family at the dinner table, etc will have an opinion on what you should be doing. Whether it's specific exercise direction, diet suggestions or life advice, you need to figure out what works for you and run with it. Some people might find cutting carbs works, while other bodies may thrive on them. I highly suggest reading as much as possible, talking to as many people and getting as many viewpoints so that you can best educate yourself and develop routines and processes that best work for you.