ERIC TERMUENDE / Sep 05, 2019


With the summer now coming to and end, it’s probably time to get rid of the Nude-filled winter body I’ve been building for the past few months. The June 70.3 Ironman is over, the Victoria Fondo has long-passed, and I’m now closer to the next ½ marathon than I am from the last one.

With that said though “routine” isn’t something I’m excited about, nor is it something I practice.

With an unpredictable work schedule that pulls me all over the world on dates that are determined by conference organizers and executives, I’m not able to sign up for a hockey team, I can’t play rec volleyball, and committing to something regular isn’t really an option. That said, the idea of building a workout ‘habit’ has never been something I’ve really subscribed to. What it is that gets me moving instead?


It’s the invite to do a 35k trail run on a date that works with friends I haven’t seen in weeks. It’s the 5:30 am run that allows me to catch up with my best friend of a day that works for both of us. It’s the Seawall walk with Gillian. It’s the Spikeball in the park on a Sunday where the friends are getting together for sunset. It’s the Club Row class when its raining out and I’m looking to have Connor push me past 8000 meters.

For me, getting back to working out isn’t driven by the habit to be somewhere at some time, it is the opportunity to share an experience with people I care about, distraction-free.

“it is the opportunity to share an experience with people I care about, distraction-free.”


I think we often forget that when we’re working out that we don’t have our phones with us. Come to think of it, working out is perhaps the only hour of the day we can experience something with someone distraction-free. When I realized this and truly wanted to connect more with the people I cared about, working out became the vehicle to better connect, build stronger relationships, and truly experience something with someone.

As I get back to work, back on the planes, it isn’t about setting routine, it is about closing connection gaps I have with my friends and people I care about.

“working out became the vehicle to better connect, build stronger relationships, and truly experience something with someone.”

It’s about pushing each other a little further than we did last time. But most of all, it’s about sharing a laugh, a little bit of time, and our undivided attention with each other. Bonus is that we get to feel great when we’re finished.


Eric is a globally-recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive. As co-founder of NoW Innovations, he advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace.

Eric has a deep understanding of the next generation of work and how to attract and retain the right talent. His best-selling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders and is available on Amazon.ca. From the stage of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires, challenges, and opens minds to opportunity and doors to growth.

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