Active for Life

My motivation for exercise is to stay healthy and to run long-distance events for as many years as possible. If I don't keep up the training, that next marathon is not going to be fun, and fun is important! God made me a walking (now running), talking miracle when he made me a survivor from a head-on collision with a drunken driver 20 years ago this December. I don't take running for granted!

—Karen Maas, Oregon

I exercise to stay as young as I can for as long as I can. I also believe that my body is the Holy Spirit's temple. I have an obligation to keep it up. I now know from personal experience that no other one thing is more effective to accomplish this than exercise.

—Craig Gorton, Washington

I have three main reasons to exercise: 1) to reach 10,000 pedometer steps per day, and 4 million per year! 2) to make my wife happy when I lose the extra pounds around my waist, and 3) to compete with two of my close friends who are pedometer practitioners as well.

—Pedrito Maynard-Reid, Washington

January 01, 2009 / Feature