Creating An Exercise Routine

IMG950385Charlie Bramley joined Withum’s Philadelphia office as a partner at the end of 2015. While this is his first year participating in Withum 300, he’s already less than 10 miles away from hitting Withum 300 Gold status (500 miles) as of the end of April. Shown here with his family at a turkey trot 5K last Thanksgiving, Charlie points out how being a successful runner is really no different than being successful in the accounting profession:

Over the years, when I would speak to young people looking to enter the accounting profession, I would be asked what qualities are necessary for one to be successful in the accounting profession. My response to this question was always the same: You must have a strong work ethic and be a self-motivating person. I believe these are qualities that are present in the vast majority of people in our profession. These are also the qualities that I believe are also helpful when speaking of an exercise routines.

There are going to be days when we don’t feel like doing exercising or working out. I am a believer that it is these days that are most important that we do exercise. The reason being that if we allow ourselves to use an excuse one day the second day becomes easier and easier and the routine goes by the wayside. I think one of the biggest reasons why people don’t exercise and is one I used over the years and that is lack of time – I just don’t have the time to exercise.

To that excuse, my answer is a question someone posed to me – you don’t have 10 minutes a day? It does not matter what exercise you do whether it is walking, running, biking etc.… the key is to do something and do it consistently. I believe that the hardest part in adopting an exercise routine is deciding to get started because once you adopt a routine you will feel the benefits. I exercise in the morning and the biggest benefit I get is feeling more energetic to start the day.

Since we are all in the accounting profession you most likely possess the strong work ethic and you are most likely a self-motivated person. Therefore you have the qualities necessary to be successful with an exercise routine. All that needs to be done is to put your mind to adopting a routine. So start a routine and that you can fit into your schedule no matter how small and enjoy the benefits of feeling a little more physically fit.

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