Football season is right around the corner with the Steelers Kicking off against the Patriots in the annual Thursday night Kickoff game of the NFL season. The excitement and the energy and buzz this time of year brings to this city is unquestionable.
With that unquestioned energy comes huge football parties where a different kind of buzz takes over, and families and friends sit in front of their TV for three hours of watching grown men live their dreams while the party goers stuff themselves with chips and dips, cookies and cakes, beer, wings and brats.
It’s not exactly a poster of an empowered, healthy lifestyle.
I’m always of the belief that no matter what the situation, case for celebration or mourning can be transformed into a motivation to live OUR dreams, to empower ourselves and our families to become healthier, happier and more fit.
Maybe this year that’s the championship on the line.
Just maybe, this year you don’t want you and your families’ fitness goals to take a backseat to football. But your fandom cannot be put into question! A moral dilemma no doubt, but where there’s a will, there’s a way!
If you want to make a run at your families fitness championship you’ll need a scouting report against unhealthy habits and a game plan to execute healthy ones.
Scouting Report (Opponents Tendencies)
- Media will build up MASSIVE hype with advertisements about a connection of Football to processed food and sugary or alcoholic drink.
- Family and Friends will be ready to position themselves for another year of the same old unhealthy habits.
- The couch is the league’s leading sack artist – You’ll need to evade the rush.
- They will send the house – Monday, Thursday, Sunday (NFL) Saturday (College) and Friday (High School.)
- Tailgates will provide resistance to your goals stronger than the steel curtain. You thought the media hype was bad, this is where it comes to life!
- Temper that media “Crowd Noise” by planning out a list of healthy alternatives.
- Replace the Hot Dogs, Brats, Wings and Pizza with Grilled Lean Meats and Veggies
- Use plain Greek Yogurt as a substitution for sour cream in many dips
- Keep a large bottle of water with you and set a goal to drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces instead of continually reaching for a soda (‘pop’ for my yinzers) or beer
- Don’t Give In! Make it a team effort by setting season long and weekly goals with your family to treat the season as your timeline for your fitness goals.
- Write out where you are right now and where you want to be. Be specific and honest!
- Make sure your goals are Positive, Realistic and Measureable
- Set your season-long goals first and work backwards week to week.
- Set up weekly accountability checks for the whole family.
- Pull a page out of the Oregon Ducks playbook and do pushups (or any exercise) for every point scored on every touchdown!
- Deal a deck of cards to the whole family and every time the announcer says a number, perform that many reps of an exercise (there’s a million ways you can set this up.) First one finished wins!
- Predict the Half Time score – Whoever is closest determines a workout.. and gets first grab at the second half food!
- Align your calendar with your goals.
- Five Days of football doesn’t align with anyone’s fitness goals. You simply can’t consume that much of your time with something not providing the solution to your problem. The number one excuse for not getting fit is “I don’t have time.”
- There are 168 hours in a week, find out where those hours are going and how to use time more effectively.
- Decide which hours you are willing to make a change and which ones you are not. Football should not take up more time than training on ANY given week if you’re somewhat serious at all.
- Overcoming tailgate resistance is all about mindset. This is an opportunity for you to really put your commitment to the test. Tailgates are filled with temptations. Are you serious about your personal achievement? This is where you’ll be tested, but if you make it, you’ll be stronger for it.
- Realize and visualize the night before what temptations will be at the tailgate and what you can do to stay away from them.
- Play more cornhole instead of hanging out by the beer cooler.
- Bring your own food and drink
- Be prepared to catch yourself in the thought of “just one won’t hurt,” and a more replacement act to follow up with.
Football players are known for their physical prowess. This doesn’t just magically cultivate itself on the field. It takes 12 Months of work to build, use and maintain their bodies. It takes a limitless mindset, a specific nutrition plan and of course a ton of physical training. Realize that making a change is a commitment, not a decision. It takes practice, patience and consistency, but if you can control 3 things – Mindset, Nutrition, Training you’ll be more proud of you and your family living out your dreams, than the guys on the field living out theirs.