Podcasts and Orange Juice Can Make You Fly

Let's call it a day...

What do you do when you're having a tough day? You know, when you struggle to get out of a perfectly good, warm bed and your whole body aches. Maybe you're coming home from a long day of work and you just can't see yourself lacing on a pair of sneakers? You need to get in your miles on the road or trail this week, but you feel unmotivated and lost for the moment.

Your energy has tanked. How could you possibly exercise?

When I feel like this, I reach for two essential tools to get me going. The first is a glass of cold, pulpy orange juice. A few sips and the simple sugars rush to my brain, giving me a quick boost of energy.

The second essential tool for getting me motivated is my iPod Shuffle. I put on a podcast from Endurance Planet (itunes link) or switch on some Lady Gaga  or Lil Wayne and within 50 feet from my house, my heart is pumping and my legs grow strong.

The key parts of finding your energy to exercise is:

  • Recognizing when you're feeling low
  • Knowing what your body and mind need to get back on course.

For me, I know orange juice can save my day (and if it is the morning, I gulp coffee). I make sure I always have some in the kitchen. Similarly, pop music and rap can transform me from shuffling around the house after a long day of work, to effortlessly pounding out miles on an evening run. I just prepare for low moments by always having an up-tempo song list loaded into my charged iPod Shuffle.

This prep can be the difference between meeting your weight and endurance goals, and falling behind. Sports and endurance podcasts are also helpful because when you listen to other athletes talk about dealing with struggle, you think "Hey, I'm not giving up either".

Do you have a tip for finding your energy? Add a comment below.

Find Adventure Anywhere

Walk to NYC "Wait, what do you want to do?"

I was sitting outside a coffee shop in Seattle talking on the phone with my brother in upstate New York.

"What if we left my house and just walked to New York City?" suggested Mike.

I was surprised. My brother wasn't the sporty-type, but he did have amazing endurance from over a decade in the Army.

"Whoa. That's... that's like 60 miles."

Mike corrected me.

"No, actually, it'll be more like 64 or 65 ...and I want to do it in my work boots. It'll be like I just left my house on a stroll and we'll land in Grand Central Station on our second day of walking."

"So, what do you think?"

After taking a moment to figure out a route using Google Maps and searching for a town to stay in overnight, our plan was set. "Yeah, let's do it!"

So, next Saturday, June 5, my brother and I are going to start this adventure (this is a great story about another walking trip). I share this because I believe we can find adventures anywhere and for any budget.

From a running commute to work, to strolling on a local beach at daybreak, life-changing experiences are just steps from our door. Best of all, you can create these adventures for yourself, without the burden of race registrations or time trials. Just go and be awesome.

Local Adventure

Hiking the great peaks of the world is an amazing feat, but it doesn't come without huge costs. A small fortune, tens of thousands of pounds of gear and dozens of sherpas are required to put just a single man or women on the top of a Himalaya peak.

This is an adventure, no doubt. But I believe you can find similarly amazing experiences closer to home, too. Whether you're in Seattle, L.A, Miami, or even Newburgh, NY (my hometown), a rich, active life is just around the corner.

If you too believe you can find adventure anywhere, add a story in a comment below.

As for Mike and my walk next week, I'll be sure to post photos and notes from our trek as soon as I can.