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Life Imitates Sport

  • December 18, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Hey all!  Allie from VitaTrain4Life is guest posting for me today!  She is simply amazing- a mom of twins, an amazing runner (she’s going to Spain for a duathlon next year because she’s awesome!), a fitness instructor and just an all-around cool person.  Hope you enjoy!

Life Imitates Sport

Or is it the other way around?  Fitness in general, and running in particular, is such a huge part of my life but it has surprised me in ways I never thought it would.  I’m not talking about winning races, or overcoming training obstacles (although those things have happened and have been surprising!) but so much of what I do in my active life plays a roll in my real, everyday life.

I know ’tis the season for eating, drinking and being lazy; for stuffing yourself at parties and making excuses to not workout because you simply must go shopping for more gifts.  I get it, I really do BUT, besides the obvious perks of a healthy lifestyle like living longer, dropping some weight or getting off those high blood pressure pills, there are a whole slew of other reasons to get and stay active.  Wanna know what they are?

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Well, it’s your luck day because Brittany at My Own Balance has provided me with the amazing opportunity to preach to you on her site today!  Where’s Britt you may ask?  Oh just living it up in Australia with her entire family for the holidays.  She suffers, she really does…just not now or for the next few weeks.  Seriously though, Britt is awesome or else I would not have jumped at the chance to write for her while she was away.  We love a lot of the same things butshe’s a very creative chef of all things healthy and delicious, she and her husband travel to amazing places and always take great pics for the rest of us to drool over and (the part I’m most envious of!) is all the cool fitness activities she partakes in, in the great city of NY.  Trapeze? Yes.  SUP? Yep. Underwater spin class? Oh yeah, she’s been there done that. 

Ok, enough about her, I’m sure she’s not thinking about us while she’s sipping wine at the Sydney Opera House!  But, she’s probably thinking about doing something active, so let’s get back to why you should too:

1.  Pregnancy (twin or otherwise): When I got pregnant with the twins, a lot of my running friends likened childbirth to running a marathon.  I have run five and I’m here to tell you that I would prefer to run 5,000 marathons then go through that again.  However, I stayed active through my entire pregnancy and delivered twins via c-section at 37 weeks.  They didn’t spend a second in the NICU and they are very happy and healthy 4 year-olds now.  Less then 50% of women pregnant with twins carry them to term (37 weeks) and even less then that, bring them home directly from the hospital without a NICU stay.  I attribute my healthy kids to a healthy me.  No doubt about it.

2.  Post-prego: After delivering them, I was out walking them in the stroller in about two weeks.  My healing process was better, my activity level helped me not to go completely insane while keeping up with newborn twins and the fresh air and exercise was good for ALL of us.  Trust me.  In the four years since it has helped me stay somewhat calm when say, the boys gang up on me calling me “poopie mommy” and wrestling each other to the ground on a daily basis.  You know, the usual.

Who's ready for another stroller run?

Who’s ready for another stroller run?

3.  Handling Drama:  When you workout, take a class or work with a trainer you’re training your mind as well as your body.  You’re constantly pushing yourself past what you thought you could do.  This can help you in countless ways!  Think of how much better you can handle holiday stress.  This season, instead of having a meltdown because you can’t deal with all the shopping, wrapping, cleaning, cooking and family drama – you can go for a run or walk right out your front door and not end up with the police at your house for a “domestic.” Perhaps for child neglect (if you must leave them unattended) but not  a domestic/relative assault.

4.  In the Workplace: Having a real job is a distant memory for me.  I do remember late nights, crazy hours and self-serving, indulgent bosses working to show off their way up the corporate ladder.  My saving grace was teaching fitness classes and running.  Because I did those things and had something that was just for ME, was a sanity saver and helped me to work better with others.  It also helps build relationships with co-workers and bosses if you have fitness in common.  Working lunch?  How about “working out” lunch?  Ok, maybe not but hey, you never know!?

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5.  In A Crisis:  When a crisis hits, you’ll be ready.  This goes back to that mental toughness.  In the wee hours of a Sunday morning months ago, I had to rush my 4 year-old to the ER because he was throwing up blood.  It was the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through.  We subsequently spent four days in the hospital and, the first three, I got very little sleep.  I didn’t realize it until afterward but I was pulling from my endurance as an athlete to get me though those days and nights both physically and mentally.  The power of the mind is an incredible thing and if you train it, you can use it for super powers other then running or getting though that spin class!  (he’s fine now and back to bouncing off the walls, see #2!)

6. As an example: A lot of parents say they put their kids into sports for the teamwork and discipline.  It builds lifelong skills they say!   I know most of them are just hoping for the next Peyton Manning or to put pictures of little Johnny scoring the winning goal on FB but, despite that, the kids do get a lesson in teamwork and stick-to-it-tiveness! Another things kids can get is a good example from their parents.  I long for the days when my boys may want to run a race with me but for now, it’s great for them to see mommy run, race and sweat.  Kids aren’t stupid.  They will do as you do, obviously not as you say!

Don't they look like they're getting lifelong benefits from this soccer practice?Don’t they look like they’re getting
lifelong benefits from this soccer practice?

So before you set yet another fitness New Years resolution, think about why you really want to lose the weight, run the race or join the gym.  Is it all just for vanity or bragging rights or is it because you will get so much more then that from it?  Think of being healthy as adding years to your life, setting a good example for your kids or a great excuse to have another glass of wine or slice of pie.  If you do (especially those first two!) you just may stick to your goal next year!

What are some of your real life benefits from being active?  Have you thought about a New Years resolution yet?  How do you intend to keep it?

By Brittany, December 18, 2013
0 Comments
  • Allie
    December 18, 2013

    Thank you so much for having me post on your site today! I truly hope you’re having an amazing time with your family down under. I can’t wait to read all about (and see the pics) of all the amazing adventures you’ll have. Take care of yourself…

  • thedoseofreality
    December 18, 2013

    Love reading this post Allie! And totally not at all jealous of Brittany…nope, not me! 😉 Seriously, though, you are a fitness inspiration. :)-Ashley

  • Michelle
    December 18, 2013

    Australia…sounds wonderful!! Great post though Allie and you are absolutely right! I need to get in better shape now! You are inspiring me! I went snowshoeing this morning with the dogs!

    • Allie
      December 18, 2013

      Snowshoeing? I’m jealous! I had the dreaded stomach bug Monday night and all day yesterday. Just starting to get back to myself. UGH!!! Better this week then next I guess, right? Thanks Michelle!

  • Michelle
    December 18, 2013

    Australia…sounds wonderful!! Great post though Allie and you are absolutely right! I need to get in better shape now! You are inspiring me! I went snowshoeing this morning with the dogs!

  • Tamara
    December 18, 2013

    I did have to laugh at “Poopie Mommy!” And I totally get it about being healthy and fit and able to handle drama, because we have seen our fair share of that, and I have been ready and able.

    • Allie
      December 18, 2013

      If it’s one thing the boys love to say, it’s poop! Never gets old for them. I need stamina just to put up with that!! Thanks Tamara 🙂

  • Kim
    December 18, 2013

    Loved this (because I love Allie!!).
    I think that we see benefits of fitness all the time. After I had my 2nd son I lost a lot of blood (had to have 2 transfusions) – my Dr was surprised the day after when I was completely OK – he said it was my athlete’s heart kicking in!!!

    • Allie
      December 18, 2013

      Aw, I love you too Kim!! And that story? How many times have you heard you recovered from this or that because you’re in such great shape? It never gets old!!

  • Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness
    December 18, 2013

    I loved this post! You are so right! After a long day of frustration and sitting on my ass at my desk, it’s so great to workout. It makes me feel like a million bucks!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    December 18, 2013

    Very well said! I agree that when people stop making fitness about vanity and focusing on health & the many other benefits, they are far more likely to succeed & maintain 🙂

  • Kim @ 2justByou
    December 18, 2013

    Walking with baby is definitely a great thing to do post-pregnancy! I think another great thing about exercise is that it gives you energy. You might feel tired and worn down, but take a quick walk and you’ll already feel better than you did before. =0)

    • Allie
      December 18, 2013

      Absolutely! The hard part is getting up or walking through the door at the gym but you never come back from exercise and wish you hadn’t done it. Thanks Kim!

  • Dana
    December 18, 2013

    I work out because I feel better when I do. It does help with weight and strength, but I just like the way I feel when I do it. Or more accurately, afterwards! I would like to push myself a little harder in 2014, though. You can usually do more than you think you can.

    • Allie
      December 18, 2013

      Yes you can!! I completely agree with the “after burn” too – it never fails to make you feel better!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    December 18, 2013

    This is so good, I think people get caught up sometimes in the vanity and how we look, but what is REALLY cool is the changes that happen inside of our bodies, mentally, spiritually. I used the gym as a refuge, uh, escape to get away from both screaming kids for a couple hours. I came back a happier mommy. You can’t beat it!

  • Melissa Burton
    December 18, 2013

    I always say that I like the world (and the world likes me) much better when I’m active and you summed that up quite well. Being a parent and keeping active holds the same idea. As usual, you said it with grace and wit my inspirational friend!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    December 18, 2013

    I love all these practical examples of benefits. People think we’re high off exercise or something. It truly helps you handle day to day activities in home, work, and in general way better.

    • Allie
      December 19, 2013

      Right? It’s tough to convert this to clients sometimes but once they experience it for themselves, there’s usually no turning back. Thanks Joi!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    December 18, 2013

    Great tips and life lessons! I fully agree with all the above. I delivered my twins at 38 weeks, naturally and was up and walking with them daily as soon as we got home from the hospital. It was one of my daily goals to get outside for fresh air for all of us!

    • Allie
      December 19, 2013

      Holy WOW mama!!! That is awesome. I knew you delivered at 38 weeks (super hero) but I didn’t know you were out walking right after. I should have known! You’re truly an inspiration and we should write a book!

  • Ilene
    December 18, 2013

    Allie, I love how you focus on the mental discipline. I owe some of my biggest breakthroughs in life to my distance running training. It’s all mental when it comes down to it. And that runner’s endurance can get us through a lot. Great list!

  • Allie
    December 19, 2013

    So true! Once you discover how you can train your mind, the rest becomes easier. Thanks Ilene.

  • corlie
    December 21, 2013

    You’re so right – there are plenty of benefits (besides the vain ones) to regular exercise!
    I love the extra energy I get from exercise, I feel like a real blob when I don’t get out and run or climb regularly. Even now – on a climbing vacation in Thailand :)!! – I have to get out to run, and it takes a lot of mental energy besides the physical energy especially when we are already tired from a full day out on the rock. But I don’t want to break that discipline of doing something that is important to me.

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