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Former UT swimmer Chris Kemp cracks the code on healthy living

As participants gear up for Triathlon in a Month that starts July 1, many are looking to incorporate new activities in their workout routines to stay motivated.

Chris Kemp, who swam for the University of Texas at Austin, knows the value of mixing it up.

“I actually was a basketball player in high school and turned to swimming while rehabbing from a knee injury. I started competitively swimming my junior year of high school,’’ Kemp said.

Kemp quickly gained attention from college coaches and went on the swim at UT, where he was member of two American record-setting relays. He was a 12-time All-American swimmer and won three NCAA Championships while at UT.

After Kemp’s swimming career, he coached swimming in the Cayman Islands and Orlando, Florida. Today he coaches a masters swimming program in Austin, Texas. In addition to swimming, after an injury forced him to give up sports like basketball and volleyball, he took up indoor rowing.

“My height, weight, and aerobic capacity from swimming translate really well to rowing,’’’ Kemp said. “I found myself getting very competitive with my times and eventually competing in indoor rowing races.’’

Kemp plans to participate in Triathlon in a Month and said he supports HealthCode’s mission to empower people to live healthier, happier lives through education and raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating.

“More and more attention is being focused on preventative health care and it’s something that makes such a positive impact on peoples’ lives,’’ Kemp said. “Triathlon in a Month is great because it provides people an opportunity to track activity and progress in whatever activities they enjoy and is accessible to everyone. “

When it comes to embarking on an exercise program, Kemp said “it’s important to try and find the environment and activity that sets you up best for success.’’

With a new exercise regime, Kemp advises starting with smaller goals and working up.

“I am lucky in that exercise for me is something that I enjoy and love how it makes me feel, especially when I’m done. The mornings I get up to go swim, when I’m leaving the work out all I think about is why don’t I start every day like this? It really sets the tone for the rest of my day and I’m in such a good mood after I finish the workout,’’ Kemp said.

He acknowledged, it is a challenge to stay motivated.

“My health is important to me, but even as a former collegiate athlete I find myself challenged to consistently make the right decisions when it comes to diet, exercise and sleep,’’ Kemp said. “I like the idea of helping an organization that encourages a community that supports each other in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles.”

HealthCode’s Triathlon in a Month kicks off July 1

Have you ever wanted to complete a triathlon? You now have an opportunity.

HealthCode™ is kicking off Triathlon in a Month™ on July 1. Registration is currently underway on the Million Mile Month website.

After the remarkable success of April’s Million Mile Month, HealthCode launched Triathlon in a Month this year to encourage participants to adopt new goals to get moving and enjoy different activities throughout the month of July. Participants log into the HealthCode activity platform and set a personal goal for July.

“HealthCode is committed to encouraging people to embrace a lifestyle of healthy living – including eating healthy and moving more. The Triathlon in a Month activity challenge is another way for participants to stay on track with their exercise goals,’’ said Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode. “What activities count? That’s up to the individual. We encourage people to mix it up – swim, bike, run, dance or practice logo. It’s summertime and it’s fun to try different activities to push your personal goals.’’

With millions of people dying each year from preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Joining Triathlon in a Month is simple. Participants register and choose a mileage goal. Participants track their progress on the HealthCode activity tracker.

Join us.

If you have any questions about Triathlon in a Month, please visit https://millionmilemonth.org/triathlon2017.

Check out our Facebook page for more information on participants. Follow us on Twitter @MMileMonth or Instagram @millionmilemonth and use the hashtag #TriathlonIAM.

The first 30 participants who post their photos with their Triathlon in a Month race bib on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #TriathlonIAM hashtag will receive a $10 Whole Foods Market gift card plus some cool store discounts.

Now get moving.

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