This will actually be my first written blog post for Nine2Fit. If you do not know me, my name is Dru and I take on all of the videos for Nine2Fit and do my best to come up with new content and new ways to film to help keep you guys entertained. All you who have been keeping up with the latest video and who may have some fresh ideas ideas for me on what to film, leave it in the comments! I would love to hear about it.
As a videographer, I occasionally get to take trips and film for small companies, sports, business owners ect. Not to brag but totally just got back from Oahu, Hawaii. Here is a quick video from the trip. Needless to say, the whole experience was awesome.
One thing is for certain…everyone needs to go skydiving. Don’t ask questions. Just go do it. You will NOT regret it. I promise. If you do regret it then you can call me out in the comments and send me the middle finger emoji.
On a different note, the best part about getting to work so closely with David is that I get to utilize his knowledge about when to work out, how to work out, and especially how to work out while on vacation. Truth be told I did not do as good as I could have and I think I drank 1 maybe 2 ok probably 5 more beers than I should have but I will say from the exercise I DID accomplish, I felt like my trip in Oahu, Hawaii was positively impacted on all levels. On previous trips, I didn’t give exercise a second thought. This trip was different. I took notice of it. I made exercising more of a priority (totally could have done more but we all gotta start somewhere, right?).
Because I was staying with a friend I did not have a gym to go to but rather I substituted lifting weights with morning hikes/jogs (even did a sunrise hike after a “probably 5 more beers than I should have” kind of night). I can tell you right now I did not want to at 4:30am in the morning after going to bed at 1:30am to do the morning hike but having the influence of my friend Dave Whims who was with me and wanting to do more exercise on this trip, we made ourselves do it. It was not only an amazing experience that I will never forget but the entire day I felt like a million dollars when I normally would have just lounged all day. The funny thing is I have always known that this would make me feel better but I never took action on it. I wanted to change what I would typically do on vacation by adding more physical activities into my trip’s routines to substitute working out at home. It was my goal to do a physical activity every day ranging from 45 minutes to an hour for 11 days. I did not make all 11 but I got close with a 7 out of 11 day record. This was an awesomel experiment for me and I will continue this on all my next trips! Highly recommended.
Here in Seattle, we are known as the "rainy city" by most of the US, and for good reason. Once it hits mid October we don't see much of the sun behind our cloud cover until the spring. Because of this, many people living in the pacific north west get SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Due to this, many of us like to travel to warm tropical locations during this time of year (Dru is in Hawaii as I'm writing this) to get a healthy dose of relaxation and vitamin D.
"David, how is the wind storm and power outage in Seattle?" - Dru
While taking a vacation from your day to day is a great way to break up the monotony, our good habits tend to fall to the way side when we break away from the norm. The first habit to go is almost always a regular exercise routine along with self control when it comes to food. Good habits are hard to build and easy to break, especially when placed in new circumstances. I'd like to take a minute to talk about some great strategies for still enjoying yourself on vacation but also getting in your healthy routines!
Now to pass up that jet Lag
As one of my favorite speakers says, "A flight from New York City to Zurich can throw off your body's internal clock and leave you sleepy and sluggish for days. But before you waste a day of your vacation battling jet lag, scheduled exercise before and during your trip might help you deal and keep your body running like a Swiss watch." (Tim Ferriss). The importance of exercise cannot be overstated when it comes to making sure your body stays in optimal condition after sitting on a plane or in a car for 6 hours. One of my favorite things to do when I travel somewhere and when I have access to a gym (sometimes I travel on the cheap and just use an AirBNB) is follow my regular workout routine as closely as I can with the equipment provided in the hotel. This puts me in a good mental place as I'm surrounded by the familiar, while also giving me that boost of energy or workout high that I need to get my second wind after a tiring day of travel (sleeping on airplanes is hard work!)
Now, when I am doing my thrifty travel I often don't have the luxury of a full gym since I use services such as AirBnB, so a different program is in order. I still recommend packing workout attire (or just use your birthday suit I guess since nobody will be watching) so that you can perform an "in-home" workout in your room. I have a few exercise programs I like to follow, so that I can still get a good workout and and start my day right, even if I don't have everything I would need. Does this 100% make up for a scheduled routine? No, but it is infinitely better than skipping entirely; I promise you'll feel better even if you don't feel like doing it.
I'll be heading off to my annual tropical vacation in a few weeks myself; I'll be sure to post some pictures working out on vacation; maybe even with a pre-workout Margarita in hand!
Finally released to the public, we had our launch party this weekend at a lovely venue on Mercer Island, WA! Dru and I were both extremely excited to finally get to share our vision with our friends and family. A time of celebration, we feel like our party was a success both in fun and in setting our vision for the future and where we will be taking the business.
Personally, I never miss an excuse to have a party. If you've spent any significant amount of time with me, you know that I like to have memorable experiences with friends. I think that life is all about experiences, and a business is no exception! We started planning this party about 2 months ago and knew right away that this would be a big step for us. Up until this point, what we are doing and how we are doing it hasn't been something that has been discussed, as we didn't want to share something that we hadn't completely defined ourselves. I have also never put an event together of this scale so the learning curve was steep! Organizing food purchases, beverage pickup and delivery, photographers, videographers, and more was quite the task; I think it's safe to say we learned a few lessons from the whole experience.
The highlight of our launch party was getting to see friends and family enjoying themselves and having a great time on a Saturday night. Was the main purpose of our event to share our new business offerings? Sure. However, without everybody who supported and encouraged us along the way, I don' think we would have made it this far, and this party was for them. Personally, I'm an extrovert, so I get energy from crowds, lots of people-to-people interactions, and maybe a glass of wine or two. Being able to experience others being excited for us was exactly the boost that we needed to be ready to take our company through the next steps needed to becoming successful at providing the opportunity of a healthy life to others.
For those of you that attended, we are forever grateful. Those that didn't make it? Stay tuned for more events... Dru and I are always looking for an excuse to throw a party!