Finding your Fitness Secret

workoutWorking out and eating healthy is important.

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about working out in a magic article in the first place. How is fitness related to magic? It becomes cystal clear when you realize that the single most important aspect of your performance is your body. Audiences enjoy watching sexy assistants on stage, but you should also look as good as possible too. Working out and eating right will keep you in peak performance shape. That means you’ll be presenting the best possible version of YOU for your audiences.

Working out never really seemed important to me. It wasn’t until I made the distinction that my success in magic was also related to my health and fitness level. I didn’t want to end being one of those old magicians with the big belly that you see sitting in the back row at a magic lecture.

I believe that if you have to use your will-power to force yourself to workout its never going to become a lasting part of your life. Just listing the facts about how being more active will improve your life isn’t going to change your behavior. Instead you need to find a workout routine that you enjoy enough to turn into a habit. That could mean joining a soccer team, finding a gym buddy, or perhaps marathon running like my friend (and fellow magician) Scott Burton.

I tried running but I found it boring. I hated using equipment because I didn’t know what I was doing. I was intimated with classes. And I hated going to the gym because I didn’t like wasting all that time driving to and from the gym. For me the secret was working out at home to the Beachbody Insanity program.

Celebrating the end of the first week of the program... againScott and I have talked about this and he thinks I’m nuts! Working out at home in front of a TV set?! But I think he’s nuts too, running in an ultra marathon in the WINTER?! You’ve got to be kidding me… The important part is that you find something that you enjoy enough that when you eventually slip up and stop you’ll have enough motivation start up again. Life gets busy and you’ll stumble with anything that takes so much time out of a day but if you enjoy the process as much as the results you’re more likely to continue.

I’ll be honest, I feel like a hypocrite writing this because I’m not the most dedicated workout junkie. I’ve quit the Insanity program many, many times over the past 3 years that I’ve been doing it. I’ve even tried other at home DVD programs like Insanity Asylum Volume 1, Asylum Volume 2, and even P90X, but I keep coming back to the Insanity Program.

Right now I’m attempting to complete the entire 9 week Insanity program all the way through again without missing a day. Wish me luck!

How I finally started drinking enough water:

Drinking a lot of water is an important part of any workout routine as well. I really struggled to drink as much water as I’m supposed to until I discovered how to trick myself. If I have a bottle of water within arms reach of me I’ll drink it without even consciously thinking about it. Once I discovered this it was simple mater of making sure I have a bottle of water in my magic show case, bottles of water in my car, and a big glass of water next to me while I work on the computer. Now I drink tons of water without any conscious effort at all.

I hope this post inspires you to make some healthier choices. Your success in life depends on it.