Stay healthy. Pack a lunch.

lunchbagI did something I’m not proud of this summer. Whenever I had a day filled with shows all over town I would quickly stop for a quick bite to eat at a fast food restaurant. Large coke, fries, and a chicken burger. So delicious, but I paid the price for it. I ended up getting sick twice during my heaviest performance schedule ever. Performing that many shows everyday plus lots of travel draining and I wasn’t feeding myself properly.

I ended up adjusting by packing lunches for my day trips rather than eating out. I bought one of those small foil-lined lunch bags. Instead of using an ice pack I would include a frozen bottle of water that kept everything cold all day long. Some of the food items I packed were sandwiches, cut up veggies, crackers, yogurt, trail-mix, hard boiled eggs, fruit, extra water and pop. If I had more self-control it would probably be better if I didn’t include the pop, but having that caffeine to keep me going for the third show in a day helped.

It was also great to have freezing cold water waiting for me in the car after a show on a hot summer day. Summer’s in the Okanagan can get VERY hot, and after performing in a venue without air conditioning, or doing an outdoor show, or even just having to repack the car when it’s really hot out, its great to have cold water to cool off immediately.

Previously if I didn’t have any extra time between shows I would just have to skip a meal and I would be starving by the time I had some free time. Plus I was able to eat better quantities of food since I didn’t have to eat that entire value-combo just because it would go bad in the car between shows. Instead I snack and eat throughout the day in better quantities keeping me full without overeating and feeling gross.

It sounds silly to make a post about something so mundane and ordinary as packing a lunch, but it really did make a difference for me. And judging by the waistlines I’ve seen at magic conventions… we all need a little reminder to eat healthier! If you’re looking for ideas for healthy lunches there’s an endless list on pinterest and other blogs.

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.

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