No more excuses: Lebanon man commits to get fit

Jul 9,2013
We all know we need to eat right and exercise. But staying motivated can be difficult, especially when we don’t see results as quickly as we’d like.

Financial advisor, Doug Phillips, 45, of Lebanon, is no different. Staying committed to a fitness routine has been a challenge for years.

“I’d run or work out at a gym but never knew what to do to get the results I wanted,” said Phillips. “And it was easy for me to use work and travel schedules as excuses to not make exercise a priority.”

That changed when Phillips joined SamFit last year.

“I was drawn to SamFit because I liked the idea of working with a health and fitness specialist,” said Phillips. “I needed someone to show me what I should be doing and motivate me.”

SamFit, which has facilities in Lebanon and Corvallis, offers personalized programs that pairs members with a health and fitness specialist who develops a plan designed around an individual’s fitness goals.

“We develop programs for all fitness levels, including beginners in need of guidance, mid-level exercise enthusiasts and athletes preparing for an event,” said Joshua Gustafson, operations manager of Health and Wellness at Samaritan Health Services. “Throughout the program, our team provides support and guidance as people work towards their goals.”

Phillips’ regimen includes 45 minutes of cardio exercise on a treadmill or elliptical machine three to four times each week and strength training.

“It’s made such a difference having the tools I need to be successful,” said Phillips. “And it fits into my busy schedule, so no more excuses.”

Since joining SamFit, Phillips has lost weight and significantly improved his muscular strength while also reducing his body fat percentage. And he’s feeling better than ever.

“Fitness and healthy eating are now a part of my lifestyle, and it’s had such a positive impact on my life. I feel better, I sleep better and I have more energy,” he said.

Phillips encourages anyone who wants to get healthy to stop with the excuses and go for it.

“I know it’s hard when you don’t see immediate results; it’s easy to throw in the towel and make excuses,” said Phillips. “And I know how hard it can be to incorporate it into a busy day, but to do it right it has to be a part of your lifestyle.”

“Your health is a long-term commitment,” he continued. “At work, I see people who haven’t planned for their financial future so they’re paying for that lack of planning later. The same is true about your health. If you don’t start now, your overall health and wellness will only suffer in the future.”

SamFit is open to everyone, including the general public. To learn more about their health and fitness programs, as well as the classes they offer, visit