Being a “Spectrumite” goes beyond the work we do for our clients. Whether it’s bettering the community through service or participating in the Spectrum Fitness Challenge, I’ve learned major changes start with the small choices we make every day.
This past Sunday started with my decision to obey the alarm clock at 4:45 a.m. and put on a cycling jersey for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. By 6:45 a.m. team Spectrum Spokes Persons embarked on an 81-mile bike ride along the Northern Virginia countryside.
And with charity event season in full swing, here are some tips for making your own fitness challenge a little more enjoyable for everyone involved:
- Everyone likes a challenge. Whether it’s 81 miles on a bike or breaking the 25-minute mark on a 5k charity run, it’s always best to reach for a personal milestone. Friends and family enjoy hearing that they played a small role in helping you achieve a fitness goal. Be sure to update them on your training and fundraising progress.
- Make it personal. As we pedaled along the route I thought about my brother Corey and the 26.7 million other Americans who are also living with diabetes. Climbing those hills at mile 44 didn’t seem quite as bad when I considered all the things my brother does on a daily basis just to stay healthy. It was motivating to learn how many people also have a close connection to diabetes.