Welcome back to summer three of #WhyIExercise. If you’re new to this blog, you’re in for six weeks of inspirational posts by some of our favorite Twitter educators. The series started three summers ago when I noticed that many educators were being intentional about fitness, health, and work-life balance. Additionally, two great tribes, #FitnessEdu and #FitLeaders, regularly share their fitness goals and motivate others to achieve theirs. This blog celebrates the journey and hopefully along the way will encourage others to recommit, begin, or continue developing a healthy and fit lifestyle.
#WhyIExercise has spotlighted 13 educators. Let’s take a look at where some of them are now.
Michael Courington - @MrCourington53
The passing of time has a way of bringing change...good and bad. I have experienced some big changes both professionally and personally since that first summer post. One constant has remained through it all...my commitment to sweating every day. I suffered a massive injury May of 2017 that had the potential of losing all of my fitness gains. I tore my achilles tendon requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation. Instead of settling into a sedentary lifestyle, I embraced the challenge of working out every day. I used crutches for cardio and logged miles each day. I used weight training to maintain upper body strength. Working out was the catalyst that kept me out of self-pity and regression. I had a personal setback in December of 2017 and again I turned to exercise and self-care to help me thrive during hard times. I lost a significant amount of weight and have managed to keep it off. I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life and my energy levels are at an all time high. When change comes, it is our positive habits that help us navigate uncharted waters successfully. I have reached the point where if I don’t exercise in the morning, my day doesn’t feel right. The motivation I get from #fitleaders keeps me consistent and I am very grateful for the vibe of this tribe. People say “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I disagree. I say sweat through the small stuff and the big stuff in life...well-being, happiness, and the tools to thrive will be the reward.
Mari Venturino - @MsVenturino
In all 100% honesty, I’ve fallen off the regular exercise bandwagon. I’ve been caught up in the stress of work and other challenges, and haven’t been taking time for myself. It all goes back to the health triangle: physical health + social health + mental/emotional health. Once one of my side of the triangle gets weaker, everything else seems to follow. I rejoined a gym last December, and it has been nice to get back into classes and working out on my own. I’m enjoying the low stress of this gym, friendly people, and useful amenities. One of my favorite things ever is free hydromassages, included in my membership--if I’m being completely honest, half the time I go to the gym these days, it’s to do a hydromassage after my workout! My big summer goal is to dig myself out of this hole by going to the gym more often, getting outside to go for walks with my dog and/or friends, and spending less time in front of screens.
Sean Thom - @SeanAThom
As a candidate for United States House of Representatives through the last year (NJ-CD 2), consistency with my fitness was difficult. It seems that my fitness routines come at the expense of sleep and vice-versa. I am an early morning workout warrior (3:30 AM wake-up call!) so late night campaign events had a significant impact on my physical well-being. Luckily for me, I do pretty well on 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Once I regained some of that consistency in my exercise, everything else improved as well. Now that I am no longer running for public office (withdrew recently), I have rededicated myself to my fitness and diet. I have not run any Elite Spartan Races since last April (2017), but my wife and I are currently training for a Spartan Sprint this summer (which will be her first Spartan Race!). I plan on continuing to place high expectations on my fitness because it helps to drive me in other areas of my life. With a full plate as a school admin, father, husband, and community activist, I need that drive and balance!
Thank you so much, Michael, Mari, and Sean, for continuing to share your journey.
Each week, guests are asked to share why they exercise, their exercise regime, their food and diet plans, as well as motivational quotes, goals, and their one word. Let's take a photo walk and get some inspiration from previous guest bloggers.
We’ve had two fun summers of fitness. I’m excited to spend another summer with you. Join us for the next six Saturday mornings as a new educator is spotlighted each week. Be sure to give them a follow and continue to be inspired.
Excited to spend the summer with you!
#MuchLove . . . Marilyn