5 Situations When Working Out Pays Off In The Real World

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Working out can be enjoyable for many reasons, but at its core it’s good to consider how it can be functional in other areas of life. It’s not something we consider until we’re heading out of our 20somethings, but I bet you’ve had a few disguised opportunities to show off your hard work!


1. Pushing a Car

When you’re 20something, you may decide to purchase a car. This oh so faithful car may also decide to break down on you, at which point you may be forced to take measures to move it. Now, you may likely find someone who’s willing to steer it while in neutral, but the pushing part will be all you! Pushing a car is a total body commitment if I’ve ever seen one, and if you’ve been paying attention to building strength in your legs, glutes, back and shoulders, you have a pretty good chance of moving that bad boy out of the middle of traffic. If you don’t own a car, you may find an opportunity to play Good Samaritan admits someone else’s misfortune.


2. Raving

The average finishing time for the NYC marathon is approximately 4 hours and 35 mins. Raves can last up to 6 hours and more! That means even if you’re only dancing for ⅔ of the time you’re there, you are essentially attempting a dance marathon, maybe multiple nights a week. Having a good base of cardio under your belt definitely comes in handy when your favorite DJ comes on after already dancing to the last 4 sets.


3. Good Impressions

I’m a big fan of sprinting. Whether for training or competition, sprinting is just one of those things I love. Public transportation? Not so much. Yet the latter regularly forces me to do the former. Imagine that you’ve just landed your dream interview at 20something and a sick passenger delays the train for 18 mins, even though you left a 20 min window period for you to arrive on time. The HIIT sprint training that you were previously using to cut body fat? It just became your best chance at making a good first impression. Drive those knees and pump those arms, this is your shot!


4. Woosah

Remember those trains I mentioned earlier? I’m still not a fan of them, but I should also mention that I’m also 6’4 and don’t quite have a problem finding something to hold on to. I just don’t like being crowded. However, if you’re eye level with my elbow, and need to reach past me to hold on to something, it can be a problem. I know, being on these trains is sometimes like playing vertical twister, so it’s time for your yoga training to kick in. Two things a) flexibility to comfortably reach around me to grab a pole, and b) deep breathing for meditative purposes – to keep you from punching me in my chest because I pretend not to notice you.


5. Milk Gallons Make a Man

A well put-off Trader Joe’s trip generally means that you’re going to have to find a way to get all of your groceries home in two brown, slightly sturdy handled, doubled up bags. Your best friends for this maneuver will be your traps, upper/middle back and forearms for grip strength. You’ll be glad that you didn’t skip those heavy barbell shrugs and bent over rows.


Honorable Mention: Zombie Apocalypse

I’m not saying it WILL happen, but IF IT DOES, you’ll want to be just as athletic as you are smart. What if a safe home base is 400m into a river? Or at that the top of a cliff in your state park? The trick here is that you have to have the stamina to get to safety while saving as much energy as possible so you don’t get blindsided.


What situations do you encounter that make you glad you work out on the reg? What’s your ideal zombie apocalypse defense weapon? Comment below!