Rob Buffington, 45, of DeWitt, is a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. He works out because it helps him stay focused on his personal and professional life.
“Fitness helps me stay focused, on a daily basis, because it’s often therapeutic,” he said. “I’m a very driven person. If I don’t work out, I tend to go a little stir crazy. So, whether I hit the gym, do Jiu-Jitsu or go for a run, working out is another way that I can feel a sense of accomplishment. And endorphins are released with any of these efforts, making me feel good and allowing me to think clearly and focus on my personal and professional goals.”
He said his workouts consist of stretching, a warm-up then strength training that runs the gamut of just about everything: deadlift, bench press, squats or similar big muscle movements.
“I always end the workout with a finisher of some sort,” he said. “Either a rower, skier, bike or some sled push or pull and kettlebell carry.”
He said he pays extra attention to his diet, consulting trainers and food experts. “Two-thirds of weight loss is diet, so I’ve taken that to heart over the years and am very conscious of how I fuel my body.”
His diet is typically “healthy fats, some protein, a carb and a veggie with most meals,” he said. He does allow for a cheat meal once a week but doesn’t always take it. “I have vices as everyone does, but I simply don’t have the things around that tempt me.”
Buffington said much of his drive comes from when he was younger and less healthy. He’s 5’10” and once weighed 232 pounds.
He said he tried, several times, to lose weight, often giving up.
“Back then, knowing I needed to lose 50 pounds made me give up before I started,” he said. “My motto now is ‘the only easy day was yesterday.’ Start slow, stay focused, stay committed, know your ‘why’ and just move daily.
“That’ll make you more accomplished than 90 percent of the people that make a new year resolution every year.”
It worked well for Buffington.
“If I had to sum up my health in one word it would be longevity,” he said. “The need to work out comes from a deep desire to be functional and present for years to come in order to spend quality time with my wife, my children, my grandchildren, and family.”