Staying Disciplined to Exercise: Tips for the Trade

runningSometimes, staying fit is all about your mental space. Gaining encouragement from others who are dedicating themselves to exercising regularly can give you the boost you need to keep going. On a recent blog post, Lindsey Holder offered such inspiration when she interviewed the extremely busy executive Jim Donovan. Goldman Sachs executive and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, Jim Donovan still makes time for running in his life.

When she asked Donovan what made him start running, he replied that he started running as an outlet when beginning with Goldman Sachs. Explaining why running was such a great outlet for him, James Donovan, a Goldman Sachs Managing Director, said, “I then made certain that I ran for 30-45 minutes every day no matter what.  No matter how little I slept and no matter where in the world I happened to be, all I needed was a pair of sneakers and running clothes to start my day. I’ve been a convert ever since.”

When asked if he incorporates other activities into his weekly exercise program, Donovan said,

“I have incorporated a 30-40 minute pushup/jumpie workout once or twice into my week instead of a run.  This workout is basically designed to generate the same feeling that is created during my run, though.  It is very fast and very difficult.”

Certainly, for many of us who are less busy than Jim Donovan, Goldman Sachs executive, we can probably learn a few things about discipline and hard work from a role model of this sort.


James Fishman has been involved in the world of online magazines for more than 15 years. He helped launch Sunstone Online and continues to improve the magazine as site editor and administrator. His writing focuses primarily business and technology. To be in touch with James, feel free to contact him at james[at]

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