Repertoire recognizes that keeping a healthy perspective on the job calls for a sound mind and body. In the July issue, Repertoire introduced Healthy Reps, a new, ongoing department in the magazine where we explore strategies for balancing work, health and happiness. The following is a profile of how one rep has managed to stay fit and productive.
It took Angelo Cutrone nearly 10 years to cross off “run a marathon” from his to-do list. But once he did, the Welch Allyn rep was hooked. When he first joined Welch Allyn in 1999, he made a list of goals. Last on the list was, ‘finish the NYC marathon,’ but he never knew when that would be. Cutrone became interested in fitness in 2006 while viewing the New York City Triathlon, but it was the idea of running a race to support a charity that truly inspired him to enter the 2009 New York City Marathon. His wife’s mom had passed away from cancer several years earlier, followed by a close colleague, Sue Thompson. After learning that the American Cancer Society was willing to sponsor him, he took the challenge head on and feet first.
Since then running has become a way of life for Cutrone, who works as many as 60 hours each week, including time on weekends. “My day begins at 6 a.m.,” he says. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. is family time, followed by a full day of work. Evenings, he returns to his family, and by 9 p.m., Cutrone is back at his computer for another couple of hours of work. But one thing he’s clear on: From 5 to 6 in the evening, he is free to run, if not occasionally swim, bike or play a round of golf. “It’s very important that I exercise at least every other day, rain or shine,” he explains.
“I find that running is a form of meditation,” Cutrone continues. “It clears my mind and allows me to focus on the things that matter most to me.” Plus, he appreciates the “physical benefits,” he adds. Still, while he looks forward to it after work every day, it’s not easy making time for a run with a young, active family at home. But, he does. Without his near-daily workout, he would miss “setting and accomplishing those goals.”
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