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    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, September 29, 2010in Help & Motivation, Stories, Tips  

    I know why you’re here.

    You want to burn fat, tone your muscle, get a 6 pack, lose the baby weight, build your arms up, look good in a bathing suit, etc. etc. The list goes on.

    Don’t get me wrong – these are great, and I’ll definitely help you get all that. But I want you to know something…

    There are other – equally as valuable – benefits to the whole process of getting in shape other than simply looking great naked.

    Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite benefits of exercise. And this time I’m going to use myself as an example.

    In addition to WorkoutBOX, I’ve got another 4-5 ventures that I’m always constantly involved in – so needless to say, I’m a pretty busy guy. I’ve got a task list a mile long that I start on each day as I wake up, and I work on it long after most people get off work from their regular jobs.

    Don’t misunderstand – I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world. Here’s the point I’m trying to make:

    Things can get a little overwhelming at times.

    Meetings, conference calls, clients – these are constantly occurring things, and just like anyone would, I sometimes look for an escape from the rigors of a busy day.

    This is where exercise comes in.

    At this point in my life, exercise isn’t a chore for me. It’s a release. It’s an outlet from the normal grind of making sure everything stays on track and working as it should.

    When I go out for a jog, it’s not about getting a workout, it’s more about giving my mind a break from all the things I know I’ll have to do when I get back. This – for me – is one of the most useful benefits I get from exercise. I get a little “mental vacation” WHILE doing something productive.

    I know what you’re thinking….

    Travis, I hate exercise. I can’t use it as an outlet because I keep thinking about how much jogging sucks!

    While exercise is a scientifically proven stress reliever, it can be tough for some people to handle as their mind is weaker than their body. Don’t be embarrassed if this is you. This describes almost everybody in the beginning.

    The secret?

    Give yourself something else to focus on. Exercise can be an escape from your day, but sometimes you need your mind to escape exercise as well. If you can provide your mind with an escape from exercise, you’ll be surprised how much your body can truly do.

    Some people like to listen to music on their iPods as they run. Some enjoy reading a book while sitting on the stationary bike. They even make mp3 players you can take underwater when swimming laps!

    My favorite mental escape? Podcasts.

    For me, listening to a conversation or a radio show that I’ve never heard before forces me to pay attention to what I’m hearing – which draws my attention away from what I’m doing.

    I’ve tried to listen to fitness podcasts or other podcasts that relate to other businesses I’m involved with – but that pretty much leads to me thinking about different ideas, possibilities, etc.

    So what do I listen to?


    I love this show. It’s a wildly entertaining, tangential, vulgar, comedic podcast (in other words, right up my alley!) done by Kevin Smith (yeah – the Hollywood director) and Scott Mosier (the producer on many of Smith’s movies).

    The subject matter is not even close to what I deal with business-wise, so I’m able to really escape – both physically and mentally – from the rigors of my regular day.

    If I weren’t listening and focusing on that, I’d likely be focusing on the burn I’m feeling in my legs, how hot it is outside, or any number of things that would lead to me stopping my run, my lift, or whatever it is I’m doing.

    In other words – find your SmodCast. It doesn’t have to be that exact show – just something  that accomplishes the same goal for you. You’ll find that it makes exercise easier, and it also provides stress relief from a hectic day.


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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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