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Staying Active for Life

At the beginning of a new year, people often make resolutions to exercise and eat right. One couple has made being healthy a way of life.
At the beginning of a new year, people often make resolutions to exercise and eat right.  One couple has made being healthy a way of life.

They rock climb, backpack, walk, and bike together - almost 50 years of marriage, Claude and Judy Williams want to live each day in optimal health.

"I definitely feel a lot better when I've exercised; the blood is flowing and so forth," says Claude.

But being active isn't always easy, and having a partner helps.

"I didn't start out as a person who did exercise," says Judy Williams.  "I was more of a happy reader, bookworm-type, but then after we married and got into more new things for me, it became something I enjoyed too."

By exercising and eating right,these two are extending their active life span: How long we live meaningful, productive lives.

"Health isn't thought of as not having any disease, health is function, health is quality of life," says Dr. Jonathan Flacker, a Geriatrician at Emory University.

Claude and judy exercise at least 5 times a week.  They say it's not only good for their physical health, but also their outlook. 

"If I'm not feeling so good or feeling a little down, I will force myself to get out and do something, ride the bike, go to the gym."

The couple also exercises to spend time with their children and grandchildren.

"I have the motivation, too, to stay active because I want to keep up with our families."

And the added bonus. 

"The feeling you have after you've finished exercising is just this wonderful feeling." 


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)


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