It’s important to take care of yourself, especially when you are over 6,000 km away from your family and main support network. Something that has helped and is also a good stress reliever is staying active. I joined a gym here in Madrid when I was training for the half-marathon last Spring and I believe it’s helped me as far as health and focus. Also, today I am stronger and at least ten pounds lighter than last year. I believe this is due to the change in foods I eat and some working out.
At the gym I frequent, I see all ages, but it’s in a university area so there are many people around my age. It costs 99 euros for three months, so it’s not too bad. Normally I mix weight training and cardio each visit. I’ve been using something called HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) for part of my treadmill runs. Last week I made it to the gym three times and I ran around Retiro this morning.
I’m normally pretty shy while I’m in the gym. I don’t talk to other people and just keep my headphones in. I’ve noticed if I don’t bring my music there is no way I can get a good run in.
I listen to a crazy range of music, but here are ten songs that keep myself going on the treadmill.
Something Bigger, Something Better – Amanda Blank
Hold On – Rusko
Sexy Results – MSTRKRFT
Hustler – Simian Mobile Disco
Momma’s Place – Roisin Murphy
Play Hard – David Guetta
On the Run – The Qemists
Crush on You – NERO
Molly – Cedric Gervais
Beam Me Up – CAZZETTE
What do you do to stay healthy? Do you have any songs that keep you moving?