#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Alexa Droste

#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Alexa Droste

Written by Alexa Droste, Area Manager, Event Execution, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness

How do I get my 150 minutes?

I don’t often let myself skip a Saturday or Sunday morning workout. If I have the day off, I don’t have many excuses not to fit in 30-60 minutes at the gym, even if it means getting up earlier or working out for less time than I normally would. During the week, I plan ahead and commit at least 2 days to make it to the gym or run outside. I don’t overcommit, and I’m realistic. Planning for a 30 minute workout is much easier and less daunting than hour, and it’s all I find I need to make myself feel healthier.

My husband and I also enjoy running together – we have opposite schedules so it is a way for us to spend time doing something healthy together before he heads to work on a Saturday.

Why do I get my 150 minutes each week?

  1. It’s therapeutic to me: It clears my mind or helps me think. I get my best ideas while working out. Sometimes, I even get more planning done at the gym than I would have sitting around.
  2. To energize: When I have a lot of energy, it’s a great way to burn it. If I don’t have a lot of energy, I know that after working out for 15 minutes, I’ll have more energy than I did before I started. It’s usually after the gym or a run that I clean my house, run my errands, and can do it all without a sip of caffeine!
  3. To keep a healthy, balanced lifestyle: I’ve never been one to be all or nothing. Balance is key in every aspect of my life. I enjoy lounging around the house and going out with friends and family to nice restaurants; if I can keep my commitments to exercise I feel more balanced when I go for a second slice of pizza.
  4. To feel strong: I enjoy doing work around the house, even if it means heavy lifting. When I keep up with workouts, I can keep up with what needs to be done without relying on anyone else.

My top 3 workout songs are:

This list changes all the time, but these are either my go-to or recent favorites.

  1. Walk This Way by Aerosmith – Elliptical and weight days are when I’ll listen to this one. It’s a fun song that I end up working harder to.
  2. Run the World by Beyoncé – How could this not get you energized? I may not be running the world, but I can run the treadmill with this one or hold a plank a little longer in a barre class.
  3. Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band – I listen to this when I’m going for a run outside. The song itself reminds me of summertime and it’s what I listen to on a car ride, too. When I listen to it, I don’t think about running, I just enjoy the music!

According to the American Diabetes Association®, the economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes in the United States is over $327 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year. However, 150 minutes of exercise each week can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.

As part of Diabetes Month, we want you to share the top 3 songs that get you moving with #MyPlaylist, and challenge your friends and coworkers to participate, as well. To get you started, we’ll be sharing #MyPlaylist entries from our employees on our blog. 

For information on how you can participate in the #MyPlaylist initiative, visit http://www.questforhealth.com/myplaylist/.

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