Fit for the long race
8/9/2016 1:05 PM
With his 60th birthday approaching, San Marcos City Councilman and CTMC Hospice Advisory Board member Scott Gregson prepared for a 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland bicycle ride with one goal: that he would begin the adventurewith his son, Tyler.
“He told me, ‘Dad, I want to spend more time with you,’” Gregson said. “And the bike ride was a way we could spend a lot of time together.” And they did just that in July.
Gregson lives an urban lifestyle, residing on the San Marcos square and biking or walking most everywhere he goes. His recent bike trek is a testament to his commitment to staying healthy and active. As a new grandad, city leader and member of several community boards and organizations, Gregson lives a busy life.
“You have to make sure you take the time to focus on your health, because if you don’t, no one else will. You have to set it in your schedule just like you eat and breathe,” he said.
David Roscoe of Method Strength Personal Training works with Gregson twice a week to help him achieve his fitness goals.
“A lot of the people I work with are very busy folks, and Scott stands out as someone who is willing to go above and beyond to do what I ask him to do,” Rascoe said. “He works at home to optimize his sleep, nutrition and stress levels, and he has seen really good results because of it.”
Although a personal trainer may not be the best option for everyone, Gregson stresses the importance of finding a workout partner for accountability and to make working out enjoyable.
“When I bike, I listen to books I’ve downloaded. It also gives you a lot of time to think when you want that,” he said.
Gregson enjoys organic meals that are prepared ahead of time. He uses a variety of health-related smart phone apps to help him stay on track, as well as tracking daily factors such as mood, stress, energy, glucose, water intake and sleep.
“I’m a finance guy, so numbers mean a lot to me,” he said. “You can only improve what you measure.”
Staying active and eating healthy are priorities to Gregson, but he knows there is another essential factor to living a healthy and vital life.
“It’s healthy to have a positive mental attitude,” he said. “The only person who can make you feel bad about you is you. Why create thunder clouds around you when you don’t have to?”
Gregson often uses humor to add positivity to life, and he always has a joke ready to tell people “just to put a smile on their face,” he said.
Moving forward, Gregson plans to carve out more time for meditation to de-stress from his busy schedule as well as getting more in-depth with tracking his personal health factors.
“I’m investing in my health,” he said. “Just a minor effort makes a big difference, even walking. It’s about taking the time to do the things your body needs.”