This morning I’m getting on a plane for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), a geek festival of sorts in Austin, TX that takes place every spring. While I’m there, there’s a hugely important thing I need to make sure I do. I need to figure out what I’m doing for my workout routine. I can’t blemish my perfect record! I’m at nearly 7 weeks without missing one workout in my Body for Life plan.
So how do I go about doing that? One of my favorite bloggers, Penelope Trunk, has said that you should never throw your lifestyle out the window just because you’re traveling. Why would you stop living your life the way you want it to be just because you’re leaving your comfort zone? A key component in accomplishing your goals is to plan them out, so I plotted out what I’m doing in advance so there is no room for excuses.
And with that, here’s my SXSW exercise schedule:
Saturday, March 13: 20-minute run
Sunday, March 14: Day off
Tuesday, March 16: 20-minute run
Some might say I am squandering my time and money at SXSW by using part of my days in Austin to exercise. But to them I say this. You take 20-30 minutes per meal to eat three times a day. You take time to use the restroom when you have to. And you take time to sleep (albeit in smaller amounts at SXSW). In the same way, exercise is an integral part of my lifestyle and I refuse to let anything get in the way of it.
While I was researching traveling on the road I came across a quote that encapsulates why it is so important to me that I exercise during SXSW:
“Develop this mindset: Fitness is not a leisure pursuit. It’s an obligation and a means for you to protect the gift of life you have been given.”
My friend Rob sent me this video straight out of the 90s about how to exercise on a plane. Hilarious! I actually might try doing this on my flight home from SXSW in Austin today.