Name: Terri Vellios

Age: 56

City: San Jose

My favorite workout: It is one that leaves me energized and exhausted. This usually includes 45 minutes of circuit training with resistance, strength training and cardio.

How often I exercise: I exercise five to six days a week in an indoor circuit training boot camp (Fast Action Training, San Jose) and toss in a few runs each year. The efforts include 5- and 10-kilometer runs and a recent Gladiator Rock'n Run, a one-day obstacle course event.

What motivates me: I am motivated by experiencing improved strength. When I do an unassisted pull-up I am still surprised. I have a goal to finish a 5-kilometer race in the top three of my age group, and I just completed my last goal of rocking a below-10 minutes per mile in a 5K.

The hardest part: The most challenging exercise for me is "slider push." My hands are on furniture movers and they are pushed across the floor in a plank-like position. The hardest part of my workout is sticking to a decent diet, and not allowing the monkey chatter between my ears to get the best of me.

What it teaches me: What my workout teaches me is that I can accomplish my goals, and to do that I must 1) want that goal; 2) be determined to get that goal and; 3) do the work to get there. I preschedule my workouts two weeks in advance. I set my alarm clock, and it is on the dresser across the room, so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once out of bed it is pointless not to dress and go work out. The support of my trainers and fellow boot-campers pushes me to do better.


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One can spend money on preventive maintenance or repairs. I have decided that since I only get one body to carry me through this life, I sure enough better give it the attention and fuel it deserves. After all, I would not put sugar in my car and leave it unprotected. So I will take as good, or better, care.

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