In the past few weeks, we’ve shared #GetFit stories from our Global Research sites in Niskayuna, San Ramon and Shanghai. GE Healthcare’s #getfit campaign is a social media initiative to drive cancer awareness and prevention by inviting people all over the world to share what they are doing to stay healthy. Today, I’d like to share with you what my colleague Victor Samper does to #GetFit in Munich, Germany.
Victor is a principal engineer at our Global Research Center in Munich. His family is as adventurous as he is, and his persistence pays off in everything he does.
How do you #getfit and stay in shape?
I’m a big fan of two-wheel sports. I bicycle to work most days (80 km per day) and I also have a few pieces of equipment at home that I use Monday-Friday for aerobic and strength training. Also, In the last 12 months I have learned that “sporting activities” come in many surprising shapes and forms. Last summer, I started work on a garden and front entrance for a new home my wife and son are building. Summer in Europe is short, building materials are heavy, and volumes of building materials tend to be large. We use power tools when possible, but some tasks rely on strength, stamina, (and patience).
Why is getting fit important to you?
Getting fit for me is a combination of physical preparation and mental relaxation. On the physical side, when I feel fit and strong, I am able to enjoy a whole bunch of activities without worrying if I can go the distance or if I might get hurt because I’m over-doing it. Activities could be anything from motocross riding to building a house. Mentally, the act of taking time off to exercise seems to balance my head and give it a break from the constant stream of ideas and things to think about.
How do you balance leading a healthy lifestyle with your family life?
My wife and I are both big fans of an active lifestyle, especially things that involve a little adventure. Before our son was born we were motorcycling enthusiasts, especially anything that involved off-road adventures. Having a little boy join the family has changed things a lot. It’s very important to me that we do as much as possible together as a family. Motorcycling has currently been substituted with mountain biking. On the weekends and holidays, our family can often be found cycling, hiking, or trying something like climbing.
What advice would you give to others trying to #getfit
Sometimes people have the idea that it’s easier for me to get up early to get something done before work, than it is for them. The truth is, it’s really tough! Some mornings I feel like a victim of myself. I would encourage people to work out in the mornings, it energizes you for the rest of the day and allows you torelax in the evenings!
And your vice? We all have one.
Occasionally I have been known to seriously over-indulge myself in chocolate treats.