"Hitting the gym gives me a place to clear my head, push myself, and stay strong. Growing up I was always full of energy but didn’t actually become dedicated to moving every day until about eight years ago. After feeling the difference exercise made in my life, I wanted to help others reap the benefits of moving too. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I get to make this difference first-hand on a daily basis with the population I love most: older adults. Between research experiences and teaching classes in CPAH, I’ve seen so many older adults progress not only in their health and fitness but also in their self-confidence and social connections. It’s incredible to see what older adults are capable of in the gym- lifting weights with smiles on their faces and outlasting me on planks more often than I’d like to admit. I started moving because it gave me a way to relieve my stress and boost my mood. It just so happened to also provide a platform for my career that’s only just beginning. Now, I want to keep moving so I age as successfully as the older adults that fuel my passion."
- Rachel S.
Athens, Georgia USA
Via UGA Exercise is Medicine Club
"I run because I can. Because when I do, there's always the chance to be extraordinary. A chance to start unknown and to finish unforgettable. A chance to overcome all obstacles, to fight through pain and suffering to test your emotional limits and boundaries, to experiment with the potential of the human body and discover just how far you can push yourself. And a chance to feel like a completely different person, a person who inspires others, and who they strive to be."
"I move to be happy. When I need to distress, I hit the gym. When I need to zone out, I go for a run. When I need to escape reality, or simple escape the noise and negativity of the big city, I love more then anything to find a high peak, hidden from population, high enough to see as far as the eye can see, and challenging enough to feel empowered to reach the peak. I enjoy many aspects of fitness, but I enjoy the ability to move, and reach areas that otherwise I couldn't.