Paul Schuler is the Lead for the HVAC department in Operation and Maintenance. Paul has been with the district for 2 1/2 yrs.
Paul, your commitment to fitness is inspiring. What does your personal fitness routine look like?
I started riding and racing bicycles about 25 years ago. After the first winter it hurt so bad riding back into racing shape I decided to never go another winter again without riding. So, I started commuting to work as a way to ride every day. Been doing it ever since. It’s 22 miles from home to office. When the weather is good and I have a little daylight in the morning I ride both ways. When it’s dark in the morning I ride to the Flex Transit Bus stop in Loveland for the morning commute, riding back in the afternoon. My fitness routine is living in Loveland and commuting to Longmont. I still work physically hard, constantly lifting, turning, climbing, carrying so my core and upper body muscles stay strong without lifting weights or doing core workouts. I ride mountain bikes on the weekends, which is also a full body workout. My wife and I also love to hike and xcountry ski so we stay active year round. We’ve hiked eleven 14years in the last two years and have a goal of hiking the other forty-seven in the next five years.
What are some things you do to prioritize healthy living?
- Take Juice Plus—I get the nutritive value of 26 fruits and vegetables in my diet every day
- Juice at least 5 times a week
- Drink local, high mineral content spring water—example: Eldorado Springs
- Eat vegetables raw, as much as possible
- Eliminate eating processed foods as much as possible and watch your sugar intake
- Drink Kombucha—great for digestion and immune system
- Read food labels. Do not use anything with additives, preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavorings
- Exercise at least 5 days a week
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Get off the couch and get outside. “LIVE” in Colorado. We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful states, with terrific weather and all kinds of things to do.
What are your favorite healthy foods?
An organic, grass fed, lean 6 oz. tenderloin; wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon; with fresh cut, raw broccoli; cherry tomatoes; avocado and an excellent Colorado craft beer. Many people would say, “that’s not healthy” but it is. Our bodies know what to do with good, non-processed whole foods.
What would you like to see in our schools to promote healthy living for SVVS employees?
Purchase Juice Plus for every employee of the district!
Paul while that is a great idea, what other things can the District do to promote healthy living?
Seriously, great health is a lifetime commitment. For me to think any different is hard. But for others it takes some kind of external motivation pushing for change. Information is great but reward is even better.
Paul, what would be your Personal Healthy Tip?
Make healthy living be your lifestyle, every day for the rest of your life. We all save for retirement. Why not invest in good health? When retirement comes you’ll have the health to enjoy it.
Thank you Paul for being our Healthy Hero!!!!!!