' “Why do we do this [long distance cycling] to ourselves?” I really didn’t know then, but I know now: We don't do it to ourselves. We do it for ourselves. To prove that we can keep going. Every damn time, in moments big and small, we can.'
- Molly R.
Via The Only Thing That’ll Keep You Going When Your Body Gives Out
“I look forward to doing it [dance] because I get a lot of benefit out of it.”
"For as long as I can remember, sports have been the one true love of my life. But for the last 14 years, I’ve struggled with chronic knee pain that has kept me from playing hard on the field, and at times, from playing at all. Staying active (to whatever level I could) kept me sane on my worst days, and continues to keep me calm, focused, and steady as I work my way through graduate school. The routine of exercise, the push of physical exertion, and the social bonds of a team keep me mentally strong, allowing me to fight whatever physical pain may come my way."
"I exercise about five times a week because it's something I've always done and I just enjoy it. I try to play the age card with my trainer but she just doesn't go for it. My farewell tour was one of the longest tours ever, and I think it would be a tour that would kill a 25-year-old girl now."
Just for fun...a blast from the past...
“You don’t have to start off perfect, you just have to start.”
“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!”
"[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.