In the previous post I asked what type of role model do you want to be for your kids. This post is focused on finding your real life character. Are you someone who,
- Explores, appreciates and experiences the outdoors?
- Learns about and coexists in the natural world?
- Moves, is strong, is healthy and not fat or lethargic?
- Plays, laughs and socialises?
Time to choose your unique real life character that fits with who you are!
Who are you going to be?
First have a look in the mirror. The mirror shows you your starting point. Who are you now… are you overweight, large boned, slow, fast, but also what was your experience in the past. When you were young were you a track athlete, cyclist, mountain biker, hiker? You can do anything, but some things will be harder than others depending on this starting point.
1. The Adventurer
Loves the risk, new things and often unsure of the outcome. Takes on tough challenges that stretch the limits of their possibility. This can be anything from scaling a mountain, running a marathon or even doing a 20 press-up a day challenge… considering their starting point maybe be 0 press-ups, thats still a big adventure for some.
Primary attributes: Toughness, fortitude, stamina, love for new challenge.
Exercise: Endurance and strength combination.
Real life example: Bear Gryls, Kilian Jornet, Indiana Jones, Dora the Explorer.
2. The Nerd
Falls in love with certain activities. This could be tennis, surfing, cycling, petanque, skiing, hiking or even bootcamps. Anything. What defines you is that you want to improve, to be the best you can be. Often with a group of friends who all do the same activity that you love.
Being a Nerd (Never Ending Radical Dude!) is a good thing. A Nerd studies the best to learn and to improve. She discovers the intricacies of the activity to be better. Nutritional balance is spot on for the specific activity to build muscle and refuel for performance improvement.
(Kelly Slater is the epitome of focus and determination)
Primary attributes: Routine, consistency, focus, determination.
Exercise: Specific to the activity.
Real life example: Rafa Nadal, Kelly Slater, Spiderman.
3. The Jack of All
A jack-of-all-trades (but master of none). Jack is well-equipped to adapt to new activities. Activities are varied which continually forces the body to perform in new situations. In the game to have some fun, aiming to be proficient, collecting new skills to add to the arsenal.
Always pushing the body and needing to get out into the world to play. Doesn’t want to miss out on the fun to be had with different groups of friends. Always interested to learn a new activity where it has a similar skill set.
(although Jessica Ennis, Decathlete, is actually pretty good at what she does)
Primary attributes: Social and fun. Skill set used in similar activities. Functional strength and adaptability.
Exercise: Specific strength exercises for the current activity. General fitness through running or cycling.
Real life example: Surfer/skater/snowboarder, Jessica Ennis, Batman.
4. The Fitness ‘Nut’
Wants to live a generally healthy and fit life, maybe with a hot 6-pack as a side goal, but doing an activity is not a primary goal. Doesn’t have the time or desire to ‘be good’ at a specific activity, to take on big challenges, or to focus energy on one particular thing. The Nut wants to be strong, lean, healthy and fit. To look hot! To be a good role model for the kids without sacrificing non-fitness related activities such as family time or work.
Realises and understands that nutrition balance and getting exercise outdoors is necessary to feel great. Finds effective eating and exercise routine to be a good role model, to be healthy and to be strong.
‘Nut’ is a common description so lets just embrace it. Don’t be put of by it sounding too extreme, don’t pigeon hole. Even if it sounds extreme, who cares what people think!
Primary attributes: Family focus, nutrition, time management and good habits.
Exercise: Personalised and consistent, active lifestyle (not sedentary), time efficient such as HIIT or interval training.
Real life example: Heidi Klum, Fit Mum/Dad.
I dabble around between an Adventurer and a Jack of All. I like to sign up for big challenges or events well beyond my ability (maybe this is plain stupid). I am also keen on trying new things. Current passions are trail running, family hiking, rock climbing, family activities, mountain biking, road cycling, skiing and wake boarding/surfing with various past outdoor passions as well. So yea, quite a lot. None that I’m super strong at, but I do have a lot of fun playing outside!
(not me – this is outdoor legend, Kilian Jornet)
As you can imagine, for each character here there will be unique nutrition requirements, social interactions and an overall ‘look’ to go for. These elements affect every part of your life. You will live and breath it.
When you do this then you will truly be the role model that you want to be for your kids. And for everyone you know.
How will you feel if you pick up a real life character, to be the role model you want to be? You decide that you will work on developing your ‘superpowers’ and show your kids that it is cool to get out amongst it. To explore, learn, move and play!
I saw this quote from Núria the mother of the best ever ultra-trail runner (Kilian Jornet), who, much like her own parents loved nature and passed that love onto her. Núria also believes that her own authentic and deep passion for nature was passed onto her children.
“I think the most important thing about my children is that they love nature themselves. I didn’t push it. I think parents don’t have to push it on their children. It cannot be imposed on them; they can’t be made to feel that they have to do one thing or the other.”
“As I love nature; they love nature. Nature was their playground. We played in nature. We didn’t make it competitive; we just played. We walked. We picked flowers. We just existed amongst it.”
An awesome quote which relates back to my previous post on role models.
So… What is your real life character?!
Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
ps. thanks for the inspiration NerdFitness