"Being able to run is a reward. I’ve spent so much time lying in bed waiting to be helped up just to take a sip of water. When my body cooperates, I run no matter what the weather and feel thankful for the gift of freedom to move my body."
"The physical activity I do allows me to explore.
"I move to move forward physically and metaphorically! It clears my mind and is like meditation for my soul, body, and mind. I look forward to healthy aging and living well as I age. Older adults that move inspire me to keep moving :)"
"I was determined to not let my depression define who I was or set limits on what I could accomplish. Long-distance running and cycling, along with medication and therapy, had helped lessen my symptoms. While they weren’t cures, they helped me get out of bed each day, something that seemed impossible only two years earlier [when my mom died from cancer at the age of 61].”
“I come from a family full of dance and music. In a way, I am carrying on a tradition. This is #WhyIMove. Dance for me is a pure form of being in the moment; I don’t think about anything but the music and reacting. I am a movement artist — I love seeing all the ways I can use my body to create pictures and movement.”
"At age 30, I was going through a divorce and realized how unhappy I truly was, weighing in at my all-time highest weight of 215 pounds. I had an enlightened moment when I realized that I could do things that I enjoyed doing to work out, such as hiking outside in nature. Then I thought, what the heck, why not try running?
"Once my eye sight was back to normal and I was able to participate in sports again, I came back to life. I remembered my passions and why I needed to try harder to live a healthier lifestyle. I had never set any major goals in my life, so choosing to focus on my health and fitness was a major undertaking and I decided to set my sights on running a half marathon. This was a chance to prove to myself that I can complete a major goal and not let my diabetes control my life, but rather allow me to have control over it.