STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY ON THE ROAD
Just like in your day to day life, committing to staying healthy on the road for us is pretty dang hard. Yeah, I like IPA’s and cupcakes, too, y’all. And, boy do I really NOT look forward to that run when it’s 100 degrees outside at the gig with 99% humidity!!! But, alas, we’ve got to make it happen. It’s so easy to fall off the rails out here. I’d much rather sleep in, skip the workout, have a piece of delicious cake after dinner and a glass of wine after the show. Now, I’m not at all saying that all of the above doesn’t happen….of course, it does. Occasionally. For the most part, we really try to stay on top of it. Gotta keep up with the boss! But really, being able to eat good and exercise on the road changes my whole mental state. I think a lot of people would say that.
In previous years, I had always tried to get my workout in during the day in the form of a run or some sort of hotel exercise. This year, we got lucky (or, they screwed us, whichever way you want to look at it). The Old Dominion crew bus is pulling a trailer with a bunch of workout gear AND a trainer. He usually opens it up in the morning and it’s available for anyone to use. There’s a big ol’ tire (a la Tim McGraw), a stationary bike, plenty of dumbbells, some medicine balls, weight benches, resistance bands, etc. Before, I think I would have been a little intimidated by all of it. What do I do with all of this, exactly?! After taking a bunch of classes at various gyms back in San Diego, we now have a good idea of how to put together our own type of workout using that we have, even if we have nothing…hello, push-ups!
For those of us on the road who don’t start working in the morning at load in, our schedule is a bit more flexible. We usually start our day with a healthy breakfast, thanks to catering. There’s usually an awesome omelette bar where you can get something made fresh to order, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, and hot pans with fresh meats and potatoes. I try to stay away from the pancakes and french toast pan, but they do call to me. In a way, our tour is like a traveling city. We’ve got a catering area, sometimes it’s a tent and sometimes it’s in a big room, with a staff of people preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know, we’re pretty darn lucky. If I’m feeling particularly healthy, I’ll do my morning workout post-breakfast and then have a protein shake for lunch. There’s usually a great station for making smoothies and a juicer with fresh veggies. Lots of people into juicing on the road! Dinner’s usually pretty early, around 5pm or 5:30pm, since we’ve all got work to do in the evening. For lunch and dinner, there’s usually a pretty good salad bar with all the fixins and some kind of roasted chicken, some sort of beef and fish dish as well. Usually with roasted veggies on the side.
Different people approach exercise differently on the road. There are quite a few people who are regular runners and always go out to look for any trails that are close to the venue. There are a few folks who are avid bike riders and bring their bikes out in the bay of the bus. There are some people who run or walk up the stairs of the stadium on load in morning. I haven’t tried that yet, but want to! We’ve gone through phases of getting together as a small group in the dressing room to do workout videos, like the Insanity series. Deanna and I are currently trying out the “Tone It Up” workouts in the dressing room before stadium load in. It’s so great to have a fitness buddy, you guys! It makes a big difference to have someone there to hold you accountable. When you’re alone, it’s certainly easier to leave off those last few reps or take longer breaks.
I guess the bottom line here is that exercise on the road is super important. You’re already out of your element and away from your routine, which makes it that much easier to fall into bad habits. Plus, travel is stressful and, what better way to combat stress than to keep your heart healthy. It isn’t always easy, but I think most of us know how important it is so we keep going.
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