#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Sandy Leaderbrand

#MyPlaylist gets me moving – Sandy Leaderbrand

Written by Sandy Leaderbrand, Manager, Client Service, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness

How do I get my 150 minutes?

I do at least four trips to the local dog park every week with my dogs, Auggie and Laika. Auggie and I walk or run 1-3 miles. Laika is 16 years old, so she just watches.

In addition to the regular dog park visits, my routine is a blend of the following activities each week, depending on the weather and time:

  • 1-3 mile runs with my dog, Auggie.
  • 30 minute workouts on my PreCor elliptical.
  • 40-60 minute weighted work outs from workout tapes such as P 90 X, The Body Beast.
  • Or, I do Yoga and PiYo. I have done classes for so many years I can pretty much do them on my own or watch a YouTube video for something new.

Why do I get my 150 minutes each week?

Sandy Leaderbrand Yoga

Exercising makes me feel better in every way. It keeps my self-image in check, reduces stress, gives me energy, and makes me happy!  A routine of exercise helps me make good food choices, too. I can certainly chow down on a basket of chips, but I counter that with more good choices then bad. Everything in moderation is my motto. I always take workout clothes on trips and vacations to begin my day. In my mind, I am a marathon runner, and if I did not work I would spend more time each day exercising. By nature I work too many hours—nobody’s fault by my own—but as I get older I try harder to balance work, fitness, family, and chores. A few years ago, I cancelled my membership at the gym and began using my basement. It is more convenient. I also love taking Auggie for a run.

My top 3 workout songs are:

  1. Raise Your Glass by P!nk
  2. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
  3. Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus

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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