I’m taking permission this year to exercise each day. A couple of years ago, I made the commitment to exercise at least five days per week. However, this is one of the disciplines that seems to erode when “crunch time” comes with work or family. One of the things that I’ve learned over this time is that when I don’t take care of myself, somebody always pays — whether it’s me, my family, colleagues at work, or my students. Rather than put myself in last place here, I’m going to put myself first.