With hundreds of thousands of miles traveled, dozens of countries toured via interstates, planes, vans and buses; from dining with royalty in the South of France in castles to living on the road with hobos and vagabonds, Rev. Peyton has seen and done a lot. As an internationally revered recording artist and performer — and a proud Hoosier — we asked Rev. Peyton to lend his unique perspective and wildlife experiences to our readers.
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Read more about wellness for beginners in this week's cover story.
Dear Reverend Peyton: What’s your workout routine while touring? How do you stay fit and active in the bus/van/compact car? How much are tickets to the gun show, bro?
Well the first part of this question is reasonable and fair, I don’t know what to do with the last bit there, so let's pretend it doesn't exist. I think it is a compliment, but we’ll just move on.
When the New Year rolls around people start making resolutions to improve themselves in one way or another. In fact 44 percent of Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution. The majority of those resolutions will be to lose weight and exercise more. Only 8 percent of people that make resolutions succeed in their cause. That means that 92 percent are failures.
Those are sad numbers, because I know what it is like to want to change and fail. The global health club industry is somewhere close to 80 billion dollars. Yes Billion. (This number varies slightly based on who you ask.) Late night infomercials prey upon people sitting on their couch, desperate to want to better themselves. I wonder how many treadmills, Bowflex machines or Chuck Norris Total Gyms sit gathering dust in the United States, currently being used to hang clothes in dark basements and laundry rooms?
You don’t need any of that stuff. I can tell you how to stay fit living out of a backpack doing routines you can do in any hotel room or any floor anywhere in the world. You only need a desire to be better. You don’t need much time either. I’m talking about minutes a week, not hours.
When I first started touring full time, I was so poor I couldn't hardly afford food. “Tour life” and the junk that is available to poor people and travelers to eat took its toll. The literal struggle to survive in the music business became my number one focus and my health suffered for sure. I have always been very active, and a person who sought adventure, but a few years ago I decided that I wanted to be better and in my personal journey, I learned a few things. It is my hope that I can pass them along to anyone who might want to better themselves.
I want to start by saying that in this endeavor don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else. The only way to win is to become a better you. That is all that matters anyway. I know it is a cliche, but if you are forever chasing genetically gifted people or those who are enhanced chemically, then you are setting yourself up for failure. That being said, if you stay the course you will be amazed at what you are capable of. Before I dig in, I want to say that if it is weight you want to lose, then you have to change your eating habits. I recommend a book called the Primal Blueprint. It changed my life, but since this question is specifically about exercise I want to keep myself on track.