His insides need to feel good for outside
Background: Kevin Tierney is a Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona and is now a medical product salesman. He and his wife have three children. “Our kids are all grown, so I have gotten involved with the high school students at our church,” he says. Though he stays active outdoors, he must manage a painful condition in order to do so. “I have TMJ, which translates into a sore jaw, neck, shoulder, and, if I wait too long, a sore back,” he says. This affects both his posture and balance, but his chiropractor, yoga, stretching and his Rolfer and acupuncturist Suzanne Lucas, help “relieve the pain and wake up some muscle groups and bring my body back into alignment.”
When He’s Working Out: Tierney hits the trails when he wants a workout. “I hike trails or mountains five days per week,” he says. “Except during the summer when it’s too hot.” Understandably, good balance is a must for this, especially on our rocky, uneven trails.
When He’s Not Working Out: Being inside is hard for Tierney. When you can’t find him exploring off the beaten path, you can find him at his favorite green, ski slope or fishing hole.
Staying Motivated: “I love the outdoors and I love to hike,” Tierney says. “I couldn’t keep up with the kids on our mountain hiking trip [a 10-day hike in the Canadian Rockies with his church group] without the proper care and support of the medical professionals.”
At Meal Time: At Meal Time: “My meals are usually healthy,” he says. “I include salmon, salad or chicken in them.”
Goals: “I want to continue to enjoy the outdoors and this beautiful state of Arizona. I have found hiking and climbing to be a great way to stay in shape, get exercise and enjoy what I’m doing while exercising,” Tierney says. “In addition, each summer I want to continue to take a group of students from our high school ministry at church on the amazing and life changing experiences. It’s great to be a part of that experience.”