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Cutting through to the core.

image_098As I train more and more, I become more aware of my physical limitations at any given time. Of course these parameters change, of course I can influence them up to a certian point, but the physiology that I was born with cannot be radically altered. I can improve my musculature, watch what I eat and balance what I have into the most effective physical package.

The word or idea that I introduce to you today is- balance. I am a “salaryman” here in Japan, and that entails me sitting at a desk for at least 8 hours a day, often longer.  Allowing that to get out of control and make me start becoming sedentary in my free time, I might as well kiss my life goodbye.

Uh-uh. No way.

I let that happen the first three years I was in Tokyo, and it took my a good 4 months of hard physical slog to win my fitness and conditioning back. And here I will stay.

What did I learn from my sojourn in Europe, and what lessons will I apply to my lifetsyle back in the Japanese head office after April 1st?

1. Bike riding to work- 48 kms round trip, one way (24 kms) takes about an hour. I have a fixed gear road bike which will assist me in this endeavor. It takes me the same amount of time to get home whether I take the train or ride- which would you choose? I ride along the Tamagawa bike path, which can get very very windy, but thats all part of the fun. Aargh!

2. Utilize break times at work to do something: stretching body parts, going to the park at lunch and doing body weight resistance exercises, using the gym that I know is there at lunch time!

3. being aware of what I eat, when I eat, and maintaining a steady blood sugar level with good stuff, not crap.

4. Listening to my body- some days train hard, some days get up early and train before work.

5. Don’t eat the crap that they serve in the company cafeteria

6. Last but not least- work is work- it stays in the office, and all the thoughts and stresses that go along with it.

My workouts improve from day to day as I stretch my own paramaters of fitness and well being.

Always balance.





About Marc

international businessman and consultant, life coach, world traveler and wandering mystic who loves keeping fit and is endlessly learning how to lead a healthy life.

One response to “Cutting through to the core.

  1. Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to that man from that chat who told me to go to your site 🙂

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