In addition to exchanging wedding vows with wife Susan 27 years ago, Mitch Burcham promised himself he would never wear more than a 34-inch waist pant.
"So far, through working out and watching what I eat, I have been able to keep that vow," he says. "Also with the military weight standards and fitness requirements, it was imperative to stay in shape.
"I've been fortunate in life to have had no serious medical problems. I like to think that being physically active has contributed to my good health."
Your exercise regimen? I was introduced to aerobics in 1986, really liked it and have been doing some form ever since. I work out four days a week, doing aerobics three days and a Total Body Class the other. If I miss classes, I run on the treadmill or do a spin class, which is riding a bike.My workouts have also changed as I've gotten older. I used to work out five to six days a week but my body won't handle that any more. The important thing is to find a workout you like, do the best you can and keep moving. I also spend four to five hours a week push-mowing my yard, weed-eating and other yard work. I play basketball with my boys in the driveway and play golf as often as possible.
What keeps you motivated? I like classes because there are other folks to encourage and push you along. The treadmill and lifting and elliptical machines are my least favorite because I don't self-motivate very well. Also, my clothes motivate me. When they start getting tight, it's time to step up the workouts and quit eating. Buying bigger clothes is not an option for me. And, the military and the standards motivate me. If you can't comply with fitness and weight standards, your career in the military is not going very far.
What gets you off track? I love to eat, especially anything with sugar in it. All the wonderful foods tend to get me off track a bit around Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, when the clothes get tight, I snap back into reality.
Favorite resources? There is a Website called Realage.com that has all kinds of wonderful information about fitness and workouts, eating right and natural products to help with health concerns.
Have you worked with a trainer? I was taught how to lift and work out in high school playing football and baseball and it stuck with me over the years. I never felt I needed a trainer. I just needed to do what I knew to do.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun