Element – Ewing, NJ

During a recent trip to my home office, I stayed at the Element in Ewing NJ. Here’s a breakdown of their facility:

3 treadmills
2 elipticals
2 bikes
5 machines
1 bench
Dumbells up to 50
Yoga mats
No rollers
No universal machine/pulleys
Open, windows, fairly clean
Free breakfast – cereals/granola, juice, fruit, breakfast sandwichs (turkey bacon), yogurt, breads/bagels.

The only picture I took was of two people of similar chronological age. Excess weight makes you old. Here’s a perfect example:


The guy on the right was running like a gazelle and lip singing his favorite tune. The guy on the left was struggling to shuffle along. Kudos to trying to stay active while traveling! Don’t let yourself slip into the weight hole that the guy on the left has. It’s a steep climb to get out.


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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

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