This is the fifth in a series of Q&A’s with RSG! Olympians and Paralympians on the topic of health and fitness. Craig competed in diving at the 1972 Munich Olympics. This is Craig’s 10th year participating in RSG! He currently mentors students at Byrd Middle School.
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. Anything beats a blank!
Q. Who inspires you today?
A. I’m inspired less a particular “who,” than by what: I am inspired by anybody I experience who seems to be living their life to the fullest and truly enjoying it. I’ve been recently inspired by writer Susan Casey, whose books on sharks, giant waves, and dolphins inspire a reverence for how much we have to learn about life and our planet.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. A regular, vigorous 50-minute hike from my home into the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. I can climb for 25 minutes to a ridge where I like to arrive in time to watch the sun come up over the San Fernando Valley. Following that I like to invert on my “gravity bench,” hanging upside down by my ankles to stretch and align my muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In the gym I usually do 20 minutes on the elliptical machine and then upper or lower body weight training: 6-7 exercises, one set, varying reps. I keep my heart-rate up with jumping jacks if I have to wait for a machine. Usually in and out in sixty minutes.
Q. How has being physically active and eating properly helped you achieve success?
A. I love feeling the confidence in my mind reflected back in my body. When I am moving a lot and am well rested and feeling healthy I enjoy all of life more and approach challenges with an eager state of mind.
Q. Exercise can be boring, so how do you make it fun?
A. The boredom is not in the exercise, it is in the exerciser.
Who is it who believes exercise is boring?
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four.
If it is still boring after four minutes, try it for eight.
If it is still boring after eight minutes, try it for sixteen.
Soon you will find that it is not boring but very interesting.”
Exercise is no different. Go find the interest; that’s fun!
Q. What is the biggest benefit that you get from exercising regularly?
A. Mental alertness, deeper rest, physical confidence through balance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular vibrancy.