Posts Tagged ‘children’

A lot of people call bodybuilders obsessed and I have often been called that myself.

But, I don’t think that’s fair.

Don’t get me wrong, if you won’t touch a piece of cake at your own wedding, then yes, you might need to loosen up.

But make no doubt about it, working out and dieting are the most important aspects of your life and you need to take it serious.

You aren’t worth much dead and nothing will stop your aging in your tracks like exercise and a proper diet.

This is a picture from my wedding last year at age 37.  Since I started dieting around age 28, my aging has been minimal.

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I am only 2 years away from my 40th birthday and I am amazed by how I was able to stop my aging.

40 is definitely the new 30, but I want to make it the new 25.

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Although I look young for my age, just because you look a certain way, doesn’t mean you are necessarily healthy.

In your teens and 20’s you can get away with almost anything, but that becomes a whole new ballgame when you get older, especially if you have an unhealthy diet.

Since I reached my mid-30’s, I have numerous friends that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and I also know two coworkers that have had mini strokes.

The economic aspect of your health is also significant.

I don’t know about your insurance, but my son cost me $6,500 for his delivery this year and if I end up sick, my bill is going to hit our family max of $10K out of pocket.

These costs also may include missed days of work, loss of promotions and opportunities,  and the high costs of prescription drugs, etc.

Trust me on this, being unhealthy can hurt your career.

It’s unfortunate, but “ageism” does exist in this country.  When interviewing between a healthy looking 42-year old person and someone at the same age who appears in bad shape, it helps to look healthy.  People notice, as unfair as that may sound.

Being in good help also helps with fertility, and trust me, once you get married this is a big one.  I feel “blessed” that my wife was able to have her first child at 36.  For our 2nd child, my wife will be between 38-40, god willing.

Time is not on our side, but keeping a healthy lifestyle does help.

And finally, probably the most important part about working out and dieting, is the quality of life.

Sure, you can possibly sit on the couch and life to 95-years old, but what kind of retirement is that?

Wouldn’t you rather be able to dead lift 400 lb’s at age 70?

Or run a half marathon at age 75?

Play 2 hours of tennis in the middle of the summer at age 80?

Get on a plane to see the running of the bulls in Spain as an 82-year old?

Take your grand kids to the park and play basketball at 79?

There are a ton of people who can’t even do that at age 40 and its sad.

Now remember, you don’t need to become obsessed, but you need to take it serious.

Diet, weights, cardio.  The trifecta of healthy lifting.

95% of the time, the trifecta should work.

Otherwise, we leave it all up to a higher power.

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-John

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I know that my blog is called “Workout and Travel”, but all that I have been writing about recently is working out.

In my defense; it’s freezing cold out in NYC and my wife is 5 months pregnant.

We can do some traveling of course, but to be honest, we have started making the slow transition to becoming parents and we don’t plan on traveling much until after child-birth.  We are also in the process of moving to larger apartment and purchasing a new car soon.

Getting ready for a child is a lot of work and we don’t plan on going anywhere major next year until the summer.

My life was very different before I got married.  Before I got married I was traveling almost once a month and I was starting to visit Europe on a regular basis.  To my surprise, some of the places that I visited were actually very “kid friendly”.

Here is my list of vacations that are surprisingly appropriate for children:

  1. Kentucky Derby:  I told my wife I want to take our future kids to the Kentucky Derby and dress them up.  The infield isn’t great for kids, but the grandstand is fine.  Kids like watching the horses.
  2. Oktoberfest, Germany:  I actually have no idea what I am talking about because I have never been, but two of my friends swear to me that it is surprisingly kid-friendly.
  3. Mardi Gras: People think that I am crazy when I say this, but if you stay away from Bourbon Street, the Mardi Gras parades are actually really cool.  I plan on taking my kids there eventually.

Places that are not kid friendly:

  1. St Patrick’s Day Everywhere.  Dublin, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston. etc. I would not recommend bringing your children to any of them.  Too crowded, too much drinking and too much fighting.
  2. Key West, Florida: One of my favorite cities, but not much going on for kids.
  3. Preakness Stakes: Preakness is more of a drinking party than the Kentucky Derby.  I don’t believe I would take them there.
  4. Las Vegas:  Leave the kids at home for this one.

Any suggestions?

I spend a lot of time thinking about the future:

  • What industries will be in heavy demand?
  • What industries will become obsolete?
  • What will bodybuilding training look like in 20 years?
  • What will cardio workouts look like in 20 years?
  • What will the typical family life look like in 20 years?

It is definitely an interesting time to be alive.  The life that I am experiencing today is completely different from the world that my parents and grandparents experienced.

What are some of the major changes?

  • Technology.  Night and day from what my parents and grandparent’s experienced.  I didn’t even have a cell-phone until my junior year of College.
  • Workplace:  Many, many, jobs are becoming location independent.  Unless you need access to raw materials or face-time with clients, many jobs are going to be available wherever there is internet access

Traditionally, when you started a family you would buy a house and that would be the neighborhood that you would raise your family in.  My parents are in the same house since 1979 and so are most of my friend’s parents.

I think that is going to change.

Real estate does have the benefit of a growing population.  There will always be more people in this country (outside of another major war) and there isn’t enough space to fill for everyone.  They don’t have a lot of extra space in cities like New York or San Francisco.

But people are also becoming more mobile.

Could I live in Europe for 6 months, 3 months in my hometown of NYC and 3 months in Florida?

It wouldn’t be very easy, but I could.

I don’t need to be stuck in the same place for 40 consecutive years.

What about training?

I like it when I cook all of my food for the week at the same time.

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I am also a big fan of intermittent fasting and have been very successful using it that last several years.

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Nobody can completely predict the future, but with just a little big of foresight, you can at least set yourself up in a good situation.

Which careers are going to be “hot”? At least in my opinion:

  • Anything health care related.  Many, many, senior citizens.
  • Natural and organic food.
  • Estate planning.  Many, many, senior citizens.

 

And for training/bodybuilding:

 

  • Less long distance-running.  I have stated many times that I do not think long-distance running is healthy.
  • Less sets.  I like to hit it and quit it.  Heavy weights, less bullsh%t sets.
  • Short, fast, cardio.  More sprinting for people ages 40+
  • Pre-planned meals.  More preparation in advance for the general population.

 

So what do you think the future will be like?

-John

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For the life of me, I can not figure out why anyone does not workout.

On my blog I have spoken numerous times about the benefits of exercise and a proper diet and the fact that most Americans still don’t exercise is unbelievable.

Do you want to stay alive?

We are blessed living  in a relatively safe time period in U.S History.  Most of our basic human needs of food, water and shelter are met and our country hasn’t had a major war in over 30 years.

Once all your needs are met, you need to focus on being HEALTHY.

I am going to become a first time parent in several months and my wife and I are already planning out our workout routines.  For me, nothing much is going to change.  I work out Monday to Friday during my lunch and when I am cutting up, I will do my cardio workouts after work including the weekends.

My wife is either going to drop the baby off at her mother’s during the day for an hour or we will take our child to the gym with us at night (gym has babysitting).

I’m not worth much to my children If I die young and that’s why it is important for me to stay in shape.

That includes both cardio, diet and weight lifting for the rest of my life.

Enjoy your Sunday!

-John

I love running. I have been running races since I was 6-years old and I do not plan on ever stopping.

But do I think its good for children?

Yes and No.