“When I work out first thing in the morning and have a great workout, my social anxiety for the rest of the day is just gone. Almost everything is gone: my body dysmorphia is gone, my OCD, my depression, my anxiety.”
“I think that it is important, as you get old, that you don’t sit back and think ‘I’m getting old, I can just relax.’ If you want to keep going, you must keep active, and keep walking.’’
“I always wanted to be the best and to be on the podium as much as possible. But now, it’s completely different, and I exercise because it makes me feel great and gives me time to switch off mentally but tune in physically.”
"I think it’s about embracing working out as a lifestyle. People say, “Vernon, why are you so fit?” I always told people that I’m not working out to compete. I work out for a lifetime. I can use the workouts I present for a lifetime, and so can you. Working out is the foundation for living a healthy and active lifestyle. I have moments when I struggle a little bit, but I have to stay motivated."
[Photo: Kaleigh Moore]
"So far [with trampolining], I’ve noticed a huge reduction in stress post-exercise—and I’m actually enjoying the time spent doing these workouts.
“I started exercising at about 80 years of age. I was getting kind of weak. Finding it was a lot harder to move around. Exercise is important to be more mobile and for better health overall. It helps me a lot.”
"I can do that...I walk anyway...there are people that I'd love to help. So, why not?...make a few dollars to give to the wonderful the VON (Victoria Order of Nurses)..."
"I move because I have the ability to move and it is a privilege many don't have! The ability of living the best life I can is something only I can do and only I can choose to control how I see my days!"
"All the people of Jasper, they raised a ton of money for me in order to provide with something like a sit-ski, and I wouldn’t be out here riding at Marmot if it wasn’t for that generosity of the community and that love that they’ve showed me from day one. Getting to the summit of Marmot, it’s kind of is my way to give back. It’s like ‘Hey guys, I’ve worked hard, everybody supported me and here I am, standing on the summit of our mountain again’. I feel like every step I make has been literally hundreds, it not thousands of hours of physio and it’s going to mean something.
“More than anything. I love being surrounded by water. Fully immersed in that relentless, translucent, beautiful element. I feel at home. I’m alive there. It gives me a sense of freedom - the freedom of not feeling disabled or limited. I used to say that swimming was my escape, but that’s not accurate. Swimming forced me to deal with the things I wanted to escape. It helped me work through a lot of feelings and frustrations, because I had hours under water just to swim laps and think. I had the freedom to be alone with myself, completely unlimited by my circumstances or my body while doing what I loved. I think that’s why I took to swimming with such ease. All my life I have had to fight to catch up with people. But not in the water. That’s the one place where everyone else is trying to keep up with me!”