Announcing: Ridiculously Efficient Fitness

Marissa Brassfield and friends at the ROC Race in May 2012
Me and friends after the ROC Race in May 2012. © Marissa Brassfield

Today, I’m excited to announce a new section of content, Ridiculously Efficient Fitness. Like many office workers, I used to think that it was impossible to make time for fitness and wellness. I worked 60 to 75 hours a week for the better part of four years, using the time I saved from working efficiently to take on more work. At the end of these marathon workdays, I didn’t take care of myself: I popped open a beer (or five) and ordered take-out or headed to the bar to commiserate with my colleagues.

And slowly, over the course of a six-month period, I burned out.

Over the last two years, I’ve tweaked my work schedule to its current Ridiculously Efficient state, and over the past six months, I’ve completely revitalized my fitness routine. I went from being an office potato to working out two to three times a day (voluntarily!), and now feel the same way about a missed workout as I do a missed deadline. I find that my focus on fitness, and the approach I’ve used to keep things fun, gives me an added incentive to remain productive at work.

Each week, I’ll share the strategies I used to pump up my work productivity and reset my expectations to make time for myself and get moving. Getting fit doesn’t require hours in the gym each day — or even an hour a day, as you’ll soon find out.

There are a lot of you out there who can identify with my journey, especially the beginning of it. I know this because you’ve emailed me, direct messaged me on Twitter and reached out on Facebook over the past few months. Let’s get out of this rut together, shall we?

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