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I Asked Runners Why They Exercise And This Answer Brought Me To Tears

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People do not exercise for weight loss only. Sometimes there are other primary reasons causing people to become daily runners or do fitness regularly.


In one forum, dedicated to runners and fitness, I asked members why they exercise. This response was very interesting to share with our readers. This is a good reminder for many not to take their health and ability to do things for granted.

"I think for me it's because I can now do it. You see 14 years ago I was diagnosed with an incurable brain condition. I was bed ridden, which would take me two hours to crawl to the bathroom from the living room. My life was living on the couch for months because I was in so much pain. I was wearing sunglasses in the house because I couldn't stand light, and I got to were I couldn't eat, but peppermint patties and Reese's.

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"Yes, I gained some weight and it sucked.

"So once I had brain surgery and waited out the year to recover I vowed that I was going to enjoy what I had. Since there is no cure I could be like that again one day and I want to live with no regrets: to be able to exercise, see nature, and be able to just live. To me is all worth the stump toes, the hard hours of training for events like triathlons and marathons.

"When I see people who say they are slow, I say "great job" because there are others who are truly wishing and wanting to do what they are doing."

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