This is the first in a series of Q&A’s with RSG! Olympians and Paralympians on the topic of health and fitness. Ron competed in cycling at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games. This is Ron’s 10th year participating in RSG! He currently mentors students at Allesandro Elementary.
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. When you find a sport that you enjoy, talk to people who are already good at it, and find out what they did to become successful, and how long it took. Then find ways to have fun doing exercises that help you get stronger, faster and more skilled. Keeping a journal and setting goals is just as important as doing exercises.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. I have a goal of doing at least 45 minutes of cycling or hiking at least four times a week, and do some type of upper body exercise and stretching twice a week.
Q. How has being physically active and eating properly helped you achieve success?
A. I found out by accident that exercising regularly helps me think better and more clearly. When I started cycling regularly, my grades jumped from C- to A-. I began to be more focused in my life, stopped getting in trouble, graduated from college, had a 35-year career as a Building Inspection Supervisor, have been retired for 7 years, and am enjoying life.
Q. What foods do you most enjoy, and which ones do you avoid?
A. I used to eat a lot of high carbohydrate foods like, pasta, potatoes, granola, fruit, and juice. Now I tend to eat a little too much, because I remember how much I used to eat because of all the energy I was burning. I now enjoy eating more vegetables, drink a lot more water, and avoid the high carbohydrate, and sugary foods.
Q. What is the biggest benefit that you get from exercising regularly?
A. There is something that just makes me feel happy and satisfied when I do a little physical exercise. I actually get depressed when I haven’t exercised for more than one day. Some people call me an exercise junky, but I’ve been called worse things than that!