If you are a DOer then you have a DOer lifestyle. The key to making a DOer lifestyle work for you is time management. It is important that you use your time wisely and productively. Here are a few tips that I hope will help you live a healthier Doer, on-the-go, lifestyle:
- Cook meals in bulk so you have prepared meals ready when you need them.
- When making a salad or chopping veggies, chop extra so you can throw a quick salad together when you are on the run.
- Do your cardio and strength training together. When walking on the treadmill or hiking do some arm work (bicep curls, shoulder press, forward laterals, triceps extensions, side laterals) while you are walking or hiking. You can even do most of these exercises on the stationary bike.
- When on the go and walking try lunge walking for 25 paces. Having a child in your arms, while you are lunge walking is extra credit.
- Do dynamic, compound multiple muscle group exercise when strength training. Such as squats with bicep curls, alternating lunges with shoulder press, glute kickback with triceps kickback, side leg raise with a one arm side lateral raise, and pushups or burpees super set with mountain climbers for extra cardio.
- Walk or bike instead of drive on short trips.
- When patiently waiting in the post office line or grocery store line do as many butt squeezes as you can.
- Plan after dinner walks or bike rides with the family for quality, exercise time together.
- Meet friends for lunch at a healthy restaurant. Or pack a picnic and take your friends on a nature hike.
- Take the time to teach your child a new activity such as playing catch, shooting hoops, or jump rope.
- Optimize your workout hour with 30 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training, and 10 minutes of stretching.
- Split up your daily workouts in to 2, 3, or 4, 10 minute workout sessions for variety.
- Increase the intensity of your workouts by adding in intervals of sprints, jump rope, or heavy bag work.
- Always choose extra veggies or salad over starchy carbohydrates.
- Choose low to moderate glycemic index foods versus high glycemic foods.
- Make water your primary drink of choice every day.
These are just a few strategies a DOer can use to optimize their DOer lifestyle. There are numerous other ways to make your DOer lifestyle more productive. Get creative and see if you can come up with your own techniques. Living healthy and being a DOer can work in synergy if you make the most of your time.
By Michael George
Michael George is an internationally recognized author, lifestyle coach and fitness expert transforming the health and fitness field with his innovative training philosophies and motivational voice.