Jim Murray Walks The Walk

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LifeCare Chief Executive Officer Jim Murray’s motto about staying in shape is simple: do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

That’s exactly how he manages to get an average of 15,000 steps every day.

“It’s a commitment to yourself that you have to make, and most importantly, keep,” he says. “It’s just like the commitment we each have to our patients to provide world class care every day. When we do it, we feel good about it. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle should be the same way.”

Since the launch of the STEP it Up Challenge Aug. 1, Jim has already logged 237,447 steps. All combined, 651 associates who registered for the challenge have logged 72,476,421 steps!

The Pulse recently caught up with Jim to ask him about his exercise routine and what keeps him motivated to maintain his personal best.

How many times a week do you exercise?
I work out seven days a week, usually two times a day. I like working out in the morning to wake up and in the evening to relax.

About how many steps do you take in a day (average)?

My goal is to get around 15,000 steps per day. Although Holly [Bohannan, Associate General Counsel in our Legal department,] keeps making fun of me because she usually gets around 20,000 steps per day. I guess I need to “step it up!”

What’s your personal daily step goal?
During our LifeCare STEP it Up challenge this summer, I’m trying to get around 18,000 steps each day.

What’s your typical workout routine?

I like short jogs, spin bikes and Tabata exercises.

What’s your favorite exercise? Why?
Jogging used to be my favorite, but I’m too old now, so it’s changed to spinning.

How do you find time to exercise during the week?
You have to force yourself to exercise and make it a part of who you are.

What/who motivates and inspires you to stay healthy?
Being 64 motivates me to stay healthy.

What is your top fitness motivation tip for associates?
I have one motivational tip for LifeCare associates – see if you can beat me!

Here are some tips from Go365 to help you keep stepping throughout the day:

  1. Park at the far end of the parking lot at work or when running errands.
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  3. Take short “fitness” breaks throughout the day to stretch and walk around.
  4. Conduct meetings on-the-go. Instead of sitting in a conference room, consider walking outside or around the building as you talk.
  5. Stay hydrated. Most health experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
  6. Take a 10-minute walk after meals. It aids with digestion and can help lower your blood sugar.
  7. Take your favorite four-legged friend out for a walk – they’ll love you for it.
  8. Enjoy the outdoors! – Go for a hike, go golfing – sans the golf cart – or play tennis. All are a great, fun way to stay active and get lots of steps at the same time.

How do you get your steps in? Let’s hear from you. Email Employee Communication with your tips.

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