A Risk Worth Taking
Regardless of the season, I try to find time in my schedule to exercise.
Fitness has always been an important part of my life, as it has been for my business partner, Rich Webber. Although I haven't come close to matching Rich's impressive list of accomplishments (over 30 marathons, 10 triathalons, and a bike race across America), I have made it a priority to exercise 5-6 times a week for the last 30 years.
While I rarely advocate taking risks in my line of work, I'm going out on a limb this summer and taking on an exciting new fitness challenge.
I recently signed up to compete in the Rugged Maniac, a crazy 5K obstacle course race in Southwick, Massaachusetts in September. I am looking forward to this event: it gives me a goal and the motivation to train every day.
I realize that daily exercise can be a struggle for most people to maintain. Despite our best intentions, the hectic pace of life often leaves little time to squeeze in a workout.
Summer is a great time to renew your commitment to exercise or even start a new routine. All you need is a pair of sneakers, and a place to walk, jog, hike or even ride your bike. Swimming is great exercise too.
Having an event on the calendar can give you the accountability you need to stay on track.
There are many local races and walks in the fall that benefit some great Pioneer Valley organizations. Recruit a friend or team of co-workers or family members to join you! It will be a shared experience that you'll still be talking about years down the road.
You certainly don't have to try anything risky to reap the benefits of exercise. But who knows, maybe I'll see you at the Rugged Maniac in September! I can't help but wonder what their insurance policy looks like...