#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Erik Eichinger

#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Erik Eichinger

Written by Erik Eichinger, Senior HR Business Partner, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness

How do I get my 150 minutes?

I run three days a week, do stretching/weights two days a week, and walk/hike another two days a week. In addition, I get my 150 by occasionally playing golf, fishing, and kayaking. I also help coach my son’s baseball team two seasons a year.

Why do I get my 150 minutes each week?

I stay active for my son, Owen. I want to be able to keep up no matter what he wants to do. Let’s be real. I don’t want to be outplayed until he’s at least 18, and I’ve got 5 more years to go! The picture is from my last vacation to Yellowstone National Park with Owen. In addition to all the sightseeing, we also backpacked about 24 miles. We had a great time (and I can definitely still out-backpack him).

My top 3 workout songs are:

  1. The Stroke by Billy Squier – It has a strong beat and I use it to power up long inclines when backpacking.
  2. Thoroughfare Gap by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – The song reminds me that the activity/hike/life isn’t about material things or distance covered, but the ride! It’s a song for more for a walk or the end of the day after backpacking. It keeps me motivated for the next day.
  3. Fuel by Metallica – This is a fast-paced, energy-giving song that pumps me up for any activity.

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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