Choose To Make The Best Of Your Time In Traffic / 5 To Thrive Fridays

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Choose To Make The Best Of Your Time In TrafficLA Traffic Steve Jordan

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that LA traffic is ranked the worst in the country. According to, TomTom’s Traffic Index and the 2012-2016 American Community Survey — had ranked Los Angeles No. 1 for traffic congestion.

The City of Angels had a congestion level of 45 percent. San Francisco was second at 39 percent, then New York at 35 percent; Seattle, 34 percent; San Jose, 32 percent. So of the worst five, three were California cities.

If you’re anything like me, you want to know how to beat it. Well, my friend, even with Waze there isn’t any way to beat it. However, you can certainly choose to make the best of your time.

Here are my top 5 ways to do so:

  1. Listen to my podcast I AM Healthy & Fit wherever podcasts are available. I also like these podcasts: How I Built This, Bulletproof Radio, Growth Mindset University, Joel Osteen, The Joe Rogan Show, The Tim Ferris Show, and The School of Greatness. Here is the link to my podcast:
  2. Listen to audiobooks. Listening to books isn’t the same as reading them in my opinion, but it’s better than nothing at all. I suggest listening to a book that is lighthearted and not so heavy in content. My favorite audiobooks so far are: Crush It by Gary V, Unshakeable by Tony Robbins, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson.
  3. Call a long lost friend or estranged family member who you can reconnect with. It’s easy to say, “I’m busy and I don’t have time for family or friends.” I’m guilty of it too. But it always feels so much better when you reach out and stay connected to the ones you love and love you.
  4. Listen to your favorite music. It feels silly for me even to write this, but we have become so disconnected and too busy to even sit to enjoy our favorite music. Music has the ability to ease your soul, free your mind, and rock your body. Do it without being distracted from pings, rings, and alerts. Rock on!
  5. Meditate. The studies on the benefits of meditating are almost becoming overwhelming. But that’s a good sign that it works, but you have to do it. When I meditate while driving, I keep both hands on the wheel at 10/2 o’clock, I sit up straight, I focus on my breath (2-sec in, 2-sec hold, 2-sec out), and I smile the whole time. I do my best to do it from point A to point B. And if I mess up, I just start over again without judgment.

I know there are so many more ways you can choose to make the best of your time while in the inevitable traffic. What are some of your favorite ways, podcasts, audiobooks, and musicians? Please leave a comment to share with the community.

All the best in 2019!

Your health and fitness coach,

Steve Jordan


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