Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How To Have An OHventurous 2013

2013 is upon us and if one of your resolutions is to be more active, do more, or travel more, then OHventures is here to see to it that that you fulfill that goal!

Half the battle of keeping active and involved is having enough energy to do so! People often ask me how I have so much energy and time to embark on all of the adventures that I do, given that I have a fulltime job (at ODOT) on top of keeping up with the blog, taking care of my dog, spending time with my family, and maintaining a social life. Oh yeah, and sleep.

I admit that most of the time I don't get nearly enough sleep (something that I am working on changing this year), and probably drink way too much caffeine (but black cofee is good for you, right?). I definitely tend to commit to many things and schedule so much that I am burning my candle at both ends. But that's part of the thrill and challenge in life. Last year, I successfully completed the P90X workout program while training for my half marathon. Most people would think that's pretty crazy, and they are right. But it is possible. You just have to try it!

Here are some of the ways I am able to be as adventurous as I am. First, I do not have cable television. All I have is CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX, and that's all the TV I need (I can't give up Jeopardy). This way, I am spending money on things like races and festivals and gas money rather than a highly overpriced cable bill that I wouldn't use anyway. If you want to experience more, consider pulling the plug on your TV, too!

Next, I try to fuel my body in the right ways to give me the energy and nutrients to be more active. I take a men's daily multivitamin (the gummy ones are the best), and also take supplements like fish oil (which is good for joints and for the heart), flaxseed oil (good for cholesterol and skin), and Vitamin C (good for your immune system). Protein shakes, Clif Bars, and a swig of some N.O. Xplode before a workout are also good energy boosting tricks.

The most important step in filling your year with adventure in Ohio is to have a gameplan. Figure out what types of things you want to accomplish. The OHventures Buckeye Bucket List is a great starting point. Do you want to do a lot of hiking? Biking? Running? A little of this and a little of that? Whatever your goal is, start planning now so you will be sure to have things lined up for the whole year! Pick 10 things off of the Buckeye Bucket List that you would like to accomplish in 2013 and try to do one adventure a month!

Websites such as RunOhio.com, Active.com, and PremierRacing.com are fantastic resources for anything related to running, biking, or walking in Ohio. Signing up for their weekly emails gives you a heads up as to what races and events will be taking place in the near future! I am signed up for all 3 and that is how I was able to find out about the 10 Races I Ran In 2012!

Lastly, keep checking OHventures for great ideas on fun things to do in Ohio. We live in an awesome state with so much to see and do! It would be a shame to spend your year in your living room! Below is a sample of events to get your list started!!

Upcoming OHventures in 2013:
Canton Marathon (6/16/13)
Foam Fest Columbus (6/29/13)
Foam Fest Logan (6/29/13)
Pelotonia (8/9/13-8/11/13)

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