Next week I’ll be one of the 35,000 attendees at the International Gift Fair in NYC. This show has over 2800 exhibitors showcasing the best lines in the gifts business. I have been rigorously training for this event all summer and thought I would share a few of my Gift Show Attendee workout routines:
- Each morning I caffeinate. In June I started with just one cup of weak coffee. I gradually increased the strength and quantity throughout July and can now tolerate 5 cups of full strength French Roast without twitching.
- I have been practicing race walking. I warm up with a few arm swings, hamstring stretches and leg swings. I built a solid walk base this past winter by pacing back and forth in front of my desk. Once the weather began to warm I took it outside and increased my daily distance to 5 miles. I then worked on the speed starting at a leisurely stroll of 4 MPH and have amped it up to 6 MPH (thanks in large part to the coffee!). I cool down with calf, groin and shin stretches.
- Strength training is essential! To accommodate the large volume of SWAG and catalogues I’ll need to carry, I have been spending several hours each day carrying a large backpack filled with boulders.
- Another indispensable skill is being able to move through a large crowd quickly. This requires hours of practicing subtle, non-detectable shoving, continuous “Elbows Out” and the ability to leap over rolling suitcases, strollers and short people. All done with an innocent smile, I might add!
Phew! I’m tired just reading this!
Mirth in a Box sells fun and unusual gifts, care packages and gift boxes.