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. You’ve heard or read the research: endorphins-blah, energy-this, improved-sleep-that. Getting to the point where exercise and fitness isn’t work and actually rewarding is the biggest hurdle.
My living, breathing, (let’s not forget) nagging 97 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, doesn’t take medication and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she’s pretty damn sharp and fit. Clearly, evidence of mental and physical health.
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. He was always looking for a quick fix which, simply never came. Ounce-prevention / pound-cure…true story.
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/pizza-is-my-weakness 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.
See you there,
I get by with a little help from my friends. – The Beetles
The things that last, never happen overnight. – Slaves
Disclaimer: I won’t name my employer; however, I want to make it abundantly clear that my first priority is my full time job. The additions to this site or affiliations of suitcasefitness are made purely during my free time.