In the MTC you have 1.5 hours five days a week (that includes time to change and shower if needed) designated for exercise. My plan, and proposition is this – let’s really make use of that time! Stretch, sweat, get your heart rate up! It is important to get into a good routine and build good habits while a gym (perfect exercise conditions) and dining hall (any kinds of food you want) are available. It will be harder in Tahiti to control conditions and food, so my plan is to program myself, at the MTC, to make the best possible choices. That means eating well (as my Mother always says, food is fuel, not a pastime) and building good fitness habits. Come on, we have a gym, track, soccer field, volleyball courts, and games! Everything and anything we could want!! This is the easy part J
In Tahiti you have 30 minutes every morning for "sport". There will be no access to a gym, and missionaries can only go somewhere (on a run, for example) if their companion also goes along. So it is important to decide every night during planning time what to do for “sport” the next morning. If your comp. doesn’t want to participate, you will have to make do and exercise within sight and sound. (In the backyard, etc).
(Also, keep in mind that many of the areas in Tahiti are bike areas, which is a great fitness bonus :) )
Here are some workout options that will work-out (ha=ha) anywhere:
Food is fuel. Personally, eating too much food or eating too many carbs/sugars makes me tired and sluggish. Eating fruits, veggies and fresh food keeps me energized and happy. (Seriously. Food influences mood).
In Tahitian culture, it is normal and gracious to feed feed feed feed the missionaries. Remember that to work hard, you need to feel good in your own skin, whatever that may mean to you.
My mother taught me that when you have the right attitude and the right actions, your life is filled with positive emotion and energy. Keeping on a good sleep and exercise schedule, eating well, making the most of personal prayer and study and obeying mission rules will give you that energy. It is also important to keep an appropriate attitude and a good perspective.
Establishing healthy habits and an active schedule will help maintain health, and therefore build confidence, energy, positive attitude, etc. Create a busy, active mission packed to the brim with everything good. Throw passion and energy into everything -- teaching, learning, exercising, loving, working…and things will be better than just fine...they will be great! :)