"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
"Getting on my mat everyday allows me to relieve some stress, stay limber, and to have a sense of accomplishment after an especially challenging practice. I've never participated in sports, so movement was not a big part of my life growing up. That all changed after I took my first yoga class 4 years ago. I immediately fell in love with yoga and started to branch out to other forms of exercise. The following semester, I changed my major to exercise science and decided to devote my career to promoting movement. I currently teach multiple group fitness classes a week and am so happy I get to share the magic of moving with others!"
“Made a lot of friends”
"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.