I recently turned 56 years old. I refuse to allow my age to slow me down or be used as an excuse. I workout every single day to keep myself healthy, fit and active. It’s important to me to look and feel young. I firmly believe that slowing down, becoming sedentary and spending too much time relaxing accelerates the aging process. I often get mistaken for someone far younger than my age. People find it difficult to believe that I am the mother of three adult children. This is definitely due to my commitment to proper nutrition and exercise. I am a vegetarian and I don’t drink coffee, smoke or eat fast foods. My diet is mostly fruits, vegetables, nuts and yogurt. I devote approximately 60 minutes to strenuous physical fitness in the morning. I like to start my day with a workout because it results in a better mood, greater productivity and more energy. While every exercise session is demanding and fulfilling, every now and then, I get determined to prove my capabilities. I’ve seen my peers gain weight, struggle to go up and down stairs, spend lots of time at the doctor’s office and give up on their fitness level. Sometimes I’ll go for a ten mile run or a twenty mile bike ride. The other day, I jumped rope for a straight hour. I play music while I workout, so I’d take a quick sip of water and mop up the sweat in-between songs. Then I’d go right back to jumping. I was dripping sweat and exhausted by the end of the session, but I also felt exhilarated.