Many of you may know that I have been moving back and forth from Florida to California over the last decade. It’s pretty extreme I suppose, compared to how most people go about their daily lives. We trade snow for sun and I trade usually 2 jobs for none. I go from zero to sixty and back again. It’s an adjustment. For me, for my closet (!) and for my body.
When I am here working, I tend bar and waitress. I get a lot of movement in my daily activities just by going to work. I also like to go biking, rafting, etc with my friends. Any purposeful workouts are above and beyond living an active lifestyle. Conversely, in FL I don’t work and I instead focus on running and races and triathlons. My workouts are very purposeful, and timed, and scheduled, etc.
I feel I stay fit both ways. I’m not sure I can say one is preferable to the other. I can say that I do weigh less when I come home to CA. I have years of graphs to prove it. There is a study about high altitude that might have something to do with that, beyond how active I personally am. http://www.wired.com/2010/02/high-altitude-weight-loss/
I will say that after 40, flexibility becomes more important, as does strength training. Luckily, bartending requires plenty of carrying and bending and twisting, not just standing upright pouring drinks. This is no small reason why I left an office desk job in ’92 and never looked back. I did not want to sit 40 hours a week. I like moving. I like even more when it’s built into my day and I don’t have to ‘make time’ for it.
That said, if my career should shift and I find myself in a less active job, I will make the time for purposeful workouts to compensate. Running, yoga, weightlifting. I figure it has to at least be one or the other, but you can’t do neither and expect to remain fit as you age. Thin and fit are not the same thing. One can stay thin with diet, but to be fit you have to move your body in some way.
Do you ‘workout’, or are you ‘active’? Do you differentiate between the two? Do you feel you get the movement in most days that you’d like to? Or do you wish you had more hours? Or, like me, sometimes wish for more motivation? If you could choose – would you pick scheduled workouts or an overall active lifestyle? Does it matter?