Transform Your Edit Suite Into a Gym

I’ll admit it…I hate going to the gym. With a passion. Frankly, given the amount of “free time” I have between editing a television show 60+ hours a week and raising two young kids, going to the gym just isn’t going to happen. Despite having not set foot in a gym for almost ten years, I’m still able to maintain my weight (and on occasion even lose 10 pounds), stay strong, and even train for Spartan Races. And it’s not even that hard to find the time because I have combined my two passions – editing and fitness – into one space.

The key to staying healthy while working insane hours trapped in a small dark space is activity (plus proper diet…but that’s for another post). Let’s face it…finding 60 minutes per day to exercise isn’t always possible (ever). If I am on hiatus, I will often do some form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) in the morning to maximize my energy levels and focus for the rest of the day. If I’m on a job but my schedule isn’t ridiculous, I’ll just shift my daily exercising to the evenings after my kids have gone to bed. But if neither of those options is available, the next best option is foregoing dedicated time for “exercise” and instead opting for plenty of daily “activity.” And I can tell you firsthand from years of experience that plenty of daily activity is possible regardless of the number of crazy hours you work.

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Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”

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