“The first wealth is health, and it hurts to be broke.”

Allow me to officially introduce myself. My name is Ed Walker, and I am the President of ArmadaGlobal. Prior to my role here, I was the President of Transamerica Direct. (Don’t worry, I won’t list my entire resume.)

Over the years, I have completed many athletic endurance events, from 5Ks and marathons to epic races like Leadville 100 and the Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The ultimate suffer-fest!

And I’ve got to tell you, it never gets easy. On many occasions, I have wanted to hit the snooze button rather than get out of bed and jump into a cold pool. I’ve never once rolled out of bed in the morning and said, “I think I’ll do a 10K today.” Each race takes work, planning, training and the commitment to achieving what you set out to do.

Add that on top of a hectic work schedule and a packed home life with a son and daughter growing up at hyper speed, and you might think I’m crazy. But the satisfaction you get from a full, happy and healthy life is unbeatable. And the fulfillment of setting a goal and crossing that finish line—well, you’ve got to feel that for yourself.

I know that it’s easy to get complacent with your health. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed by work. I know the true meaning of busy. But you can’t get stuck in one section of your life. Balance is key. Let me share a couple of tips I’ve learned along the way.

Over the next month or so, I will be training for the Baltimore Marathon on October 15th. I invite you to follow me on this journey, and I hope you’ll be inspired to make healthy choices in your life, too. Remember, it’s never easy, but it’s worth it.

I saw a quote the other day that read, “Set your goal, tell the world, walk your talk.” Well, this is me walking my talk. Why don’t you walk—or run—with me?

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