"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?
"...it's not just losing the weight either but it's the staying healthy..."
"I suffer from osteoarthritis. I am slowly losing movement in my joints and I am on medication to control pain. I find when I do not exercise I stiffen up. Exercise helps me keep my weight in check, which in turn is better for my joints; less weight, less stress on my joints. I also find I am happier and have more energy. With arthritis - move the joints or lose the mobility."
"I move as I was an overweight child who was teased and made fun of. I did not like all the remarks and they took away my self-esteem. In my early 20's I began to lose weight by watching what I ate. The weight came off and I felt better about myself. I began to incorporate movement (i.e., physical activity) into my daily life and felt emotionally and physically better for it. I will never run a marathon but I know I have to keep moving to maintain good health."