Steve T. of Newburgh, NY

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"When I was younger, the reason I wanted to start exercising was because of when I was overweight, out of shape and suffered social consequences as a result of that in high school.

I picked up some exercise in college when I played intramural sports. Then after college, the real thing that got me involved in exercising was when I was in the Army. When I got out of the Army and was in law school, I started to run on my own, and what I realized is not only did it keep my weight down, I felt better. After I went for a run I’d feel great.

Now at 70 years old, I think that on any given day that I come to the gym I can be sure that the best I feel that day is when I leave the gym after I’ve exercised. My hope is to remain functional; I want to be able to do all the things I can do now for as long as I can.

Recently I painted the deck at our house; I cleaned it, scraped it, sanded it, and then painted it. We had probably 100 spindles that I had to paint that are part of a porch. Plus simple things like carrying groceries, working around the yard. I’ve had some trees that have come down, cutting those up and getting rid of the tree stumps. It’s all energy consuming, but I’m able to do it.

I hope that it extends my life. Both of my parents passed away from health related issues. I don’t want to die when I’m 72; I hope exercise keeps me healthy."