Being married for just under 3 months my friends still warn me of the “newlywed ten” or the “first year fourteen,” they say that even I will gain weight and let myself go now that I am married.
|My first 10k race in 2008|
8 months after I started running
But fitness and health are part of my identity, of who I am as an individual, and I will not lose that as I build my identity as a husband.
I spent a great deal of my adult life single or dating, I was motivated to keep up my appearances, I was driven to keep myself busy and entertained, and I had the freedom to cook meals that served ME -no one else. I spent my time rock climbing, rollerblading, killing WODs at CrossFit, and researching new paleo meals.
Fitness and living well have become a part of who I am, and it can become a part of WHO YOU ARE too!
Begin by adding something active to your life once a week. When I first got into fitness I started with running, it’s cheap and you can do it whenever is convenient for you.
Start off with a 5-10 minute warm up, increasing your intensity from easy to power walking pace. Then jog for 1 minute and power walk for 5 minutes -repeat three times for a total of 18 minutes. Wrap up with a 5 -10 minute cool down decreasing your intensity from power to easy walking.
This is a great way to start and will only take about 30 minutes! Eventually you can try building up to a five-kilometer run, and guess what, you’ve already taken the first step to becoming an active healthy individual!