We’re Brian & Tracey, Modern Nomads With Kids!

houseHi, I’m Brian and I’m married to my highschool sweetheart, whose name is Tracey. We are a travelling, married couple and we also have kids! On this blog, we will write about anything we like, really. It might be about our current location… it might be about a tv show we like, or it might be about going to the gym.

My and the wife recently started going back to what we call ‘the exercise lifestyle’, after having let it slide for a while. The reason being is that we’ve had another kid 2 years ago. But now that the kid’s growing up, we’re ready to go back to taking care of ourselves a bit more.

Me and Trace both need to work on our figures. We let each other slide and now we’re chubby again. Especially Tracey… she really hates the weight she’s put on from the pregnancy, and she hasn’t bothered to shed it despite the fact that the last birth was 2 years ago already!

If there’s anything that’s important in your life after you’ve had children, then it’s definitely staying in good shape. It’s a cliche, I know. But it’s also very much true. If you don’t stay in good health, you’re not going to be around for as long as you’d like to see your kids growing up.

bathI know plenty of people that have gone into the downwards health spiral well before their kids had grown up. That’s not going to happen to me. I’ve got a responsibility and I intend to do everything in my power to make it long enough to watch my kids grow up to become healthy, happy and successful!

At an early age, kids don’t really understand how important it is to eat healthy. That’s why I’m always ‘forcing’ vegetables on them, because I want them to grow up feeling well. They’ve got to learn to eat good food from an early age on. My own mom raised me on cookie dough and I was always a tad bit chubby. I hated it and I won’t let it happen to my own children for sure.

I’m looking forward to picking up the whole exercise lifestyle again and I intend to stick to it this time. There’s nothing like being in shape. Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. Another one of those cliches, but it’s definitely true.

I like to have a good mix of both resistance as well as cardio training. Cardio and resistance training both have their own proper uses. They each have their very own feeling of exhaustion, and I like to keep things varied. So often I will lift a few dumbbells and then do some cardio. That way I can get the best out of both worlds.

Always do your resistance training before you do your cardio. Why? Because lifting iron takes much more out of you than some simple cardio. You’ll want to save your energy for the weights. So do those first. It’s just horrible to do cardio first and then start lifting. You’ll be all out of energy and all sweaty too.

outsideI hate lifting while sweaty. I hate being sweaty at any time of the day, really. But especially when I’m working with dumbbells. The thinner you get, the less you’ll start sweating from your workout. So if you hate transpiration as much as I do, then you can keep this in mind as a goal to be working towards.

There’s no feeling in the world like coming home from a good workout and then hitting a warm shower. But I don’t always go to the gym. Sometimes, I’ll take a walk or a jog outdoors. I like to get some fresh air. Jogging really helps getting a lot of fresh air into you quickly. It makes me feel like a million bucks.

People are always so big on a good diet and a good exercise program, that they forget all about fresh air. But did you know that there has been lots of scientific research done into fresh air? It can prevent depression, or even alleviate it. It also makes your brain work faster. So imagine you’ve got a cognitive challenge of some sorts in your near future… be sure to take a walk a few hours earlier.

The effects of fresh air will definitely upgrade your brain, albeit temporarily. But if you make sure to get fresh air on a frequent basis, then the effects of your improved cognitive abilities will also be a lot better in the long term. All it takes is something like half an hour outside every day. Everybody can spare half an hour, can’t they?

storeIt’s an investment in your future health you’re making here! So I highly recommend going out for a jog every once in a while. Man… even twenty minutes is better than nothing. And it will make you feel as if you are reborn. Trust me on this one. Just go do it if you already haven’t, folks. It’s never too late.

You do need to be careful with your knees if you’re going jogging, though. If you’re a middle aged guy, odds are your knees aren’t what they used to be. You may have to buy new running shoes with good insoles if you need them. You don’t want to improve your brain at the cost of your knees. Nothing can bring a guy down like a broken pair of knees. Just ask my grampa, because he knows all about it.

If you’ve got other health concerns, you may want to consult a doctor before engaging in any kind of strenuous exercise. You may be severely overweight. In that case, your knees are likely to have taken some damage from the weight alone already. Going jogging without being checked out by your general practitioner, might not be such a good idea. Same thing if you’re suffering from increased blood pressure. Or any other affliction for that matter.

The thing is… you’ve just got to use your head when diving head first into exercise. You’ll be amazed at how much better you do when you’ve managed to get yourself properly informed. Sure, there’s a start up cost to all of this. But once you’re in the rhythm, you’ve got a good thing going for yourself!