“Getting out and being active every day not only improves my mood, but I also feel like the best version of myself when my blood is pumping and endorphins are flowing. Taking the Exercise is Medicine class as a freshman at UGA allowed me to see that being active is so much more than something that improves my mood. Being active is crucial to the life I want to lead and I hope to encourage others to develop active lifestyles to receive those benefits as well. I also love the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a hard workout, or even a half marathon. The picture above was taken right after I finished my first half last year and the sense of accomplishment from that was indescribable. I’m looking forward to running my second AthHalf in a couple of weeks!”
- Katie L.
Athens, Georgia USA
Via UGA Exercise is Medicine Club
"[Exercise] is the best thing I’ve done for my own personal life. I have rheumatoid arthritis and you just have to keep moving. I take tai chi, line dancing, use the exercise bikes and [do] strength and stretching [exercises]…the whole works.”
“I have loved all forms of movement since I can remember. Whether it’s a sport, exercise, or physical activity of any kind (even just deep cleaning my apartment), I love it. It’s hard for me to shorten Why I Move into a concise blurb, both because I am so passionate about this topic and because I use way too many words in general, but I guess in short, I move for three general reasons other than just because I love to:
"My friends started taking me to our local mall on Tuesday mornings for pole walking. It was a challenging, but wonderful experience. I was able to connect with people, who were experiencing the same struggles and successes as I was. When I commented that I was “pretty tippy” and another person said “ We’re all pretty tippy here” I didn’t feel so alone. I had never met other people who had survived a stroke before and it was wonderful to talk to them over coffee, get tips and talk about shared experiences.
“Training keeps me young and fit. It’s nice to see the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m 60! It’s fun and challenging to go against kids in their 20s and hand it to them. Of course, I get my butt kicked too, but then I merely pull the ‘old’ card!”
"The outdoors is the one place where I’ve never felt like I had to measure up to anyone else. Let’s look at hiking as an example. I love hiking. I love it because it’s not a race. It doesn’t matter how fast you complete a hike or if you even complete it at all. And it doesn’t demand you have any skills, other than wanting to go, then putting one foot in front of the other, and picking yourself up if you slip or fall.
"I ‘barre so hard’ because it’s fun and continues to be a challenging workout even after 19 months, with each class often harder than the last! Barre combines my preferred ways to exercise with its integration of Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, and free weights. I really appreciate the class structure that encourages a mind-body connection and the use of all muscular-skeletal (and mental) groups. For me, class time just flies by with the quick succession and smooth flow of the diverse exercises that demand my total concentration."
“Sports kept me out of the gutter. Its kept me away from depression. Its kept me away from being negative. I feel dominant. I feel powerful. I feel part of the team again. And I think that this is what its all about.”
“To me [sports is] its awesome. It gives me my tasks, and my mission, and my goal for the immediate future which is Invictus.