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Hump-day Goals

Busy MU doctor makes time for exercise.

Scott Litofsky

Scott Litofsky plays indoor soccer to keep fit. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Scott Litofsky, a medical school professor and chief of the division of neurological surgery at MU Health Care, works 70 hours a week. But even with his grueling schedule, he makes time for formal exercise. Litofsky, 54, rises at 4:30 every morning to walk two miles. He also swims a half-mile in his backyard pool when weather permits. On Wednesday nights he plays on a soccer team at Missouri Athletic Center in Columbia.

During his residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, Litofsky took up basketball. In 2002 he switched to soccer while coaching a middle school soccer team.

He believes exercise needs to be part of one’s lifestyle. Soccer night is Litofsky’s midweek reboot. “You have to want to participate, and then you have to make the time,” Litofsky says.