Since spring, I've been chatting with busy Washingtonians about how they slide fitness into their days while balancing work, family, commuting, dogs, oil changes... Some people do it all and do it well, and I wanted to know how. Since then, I've noticed some common habits amongst these "Busy Bodies." Here are a few things they all seem to do to get it done:
1) They work out first thing in the morning. For those who are as obsessive about fitness as they are about their careers, it's crucial to get up and get a workout in first thing, like Honeysuckle's chef Hamilton Johnson, who hits the gym and then goes and puts in a 12-hour day. On his feet.
2) Exercise doubles as social time. Forget happy hour. Dr. Robynne Chutkan says she plays squash to socialize, and restaurant manager Heidi Minora looks to boutique fitness for community.
3) Competition = motivation. Busy people are—no surprise—often highly competitive. This week, I hope you enjoy learning how award-winning chef Cathal Armstrong manages to open restaurants (including Kaliwa this spring and Hummingbird last year) while still taking home gold in national Taekwondo competitions. More than once.
What else is happening in the health and fitness world?
News: Alexandria's Honest Soul Yoga, a female- and veteran-owned studio, is expanding to two new locations, West Springfield in October and Tysons/Falls Church in November. Mark your calendars for free yoga classes the weekend of October 20-21.
Free Fitness: Fitbit Local invites you to grab your mat for a Sunday morning yoga/meditation/core session in Yards Park (on the Boardwalk and Great Lawn). Bring a mat, register here, and cross your fingers that this one doesn't get rained out. 355 Water St., SE.
Read: This week, Vox looks at Weight Watchers' decision to change its name to "WW." This move follows a larger industry trend toward inclusivity and body positivity, and away from language around weight loss and dieting, but some Weight Watchers purists are riled up (no word about how spokesperson DJ Khaled feels, though).
Have a good week out there.