I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I remember my Mom put me into gymnastics, soccer, and basketball when I was a kid. She never allowed me to do the cheerleading or the dance classes. I was playing with the boys, getting knocked over but getting back up stronger, and sticking it to them. In high school, it was mandatory to play a sport which is a testament to the importance of staying active is (it also kept some of us out of trouble).
Working out has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had to get in shape for varsity high school soccer, which meant running four to five times a week in the summer, so I could keep up with the upperclassmen when our season started. I had to lift weights and get in shape to play collegiate basketball and softball, if I wanted any playing time. But now that I no longer need to stay in shape, I still find it imperative to workout in order to feel good and stay healthy.