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How To Make Good Health A Priority In A Corporate World

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up and say there is a problem in the world. As one of the most famous spokespeople for wellness, it’s hard for me to accept that I may have failed to communicate that it’s important to us. When you can’t find the words you will just have to use action to get your point across. Find the courage to start your day by taking a walk to work that includes some exercise and a cup of green tea, or ask your co-workers to do the same. Also consider having breakfast with friends or coworkers to create a healthier work environment.

I am one of the most famous spokespeople for wellness in the United States due to my three-time marathon record. Being so successful in running a marathon, however, has also given me some insights into health. It has inspired me to make good health a top priority in my life, and I hope to inspire you to make good health a top priority in your life. I hope my message will help you in your pursuit of fitness and good health.

We live in a society in which health is an industry. And the success of health companies are closely linked to the health of the American people. With every dollar that American consumers spend on health or nutrition, a few dozen businesses can go from nothing to tens of billions of dollars.

The health and wellness industries are thriving. There are more than 2,000 health and wellness companies in the US, and at least 10,000 in the world, including large corporations. This is not a coincidence. And this is not a surprise to the public. Even those of us who live in the United States can feel our nation is in the midst of a health and wellness revolution.

People are beginning to see their health and our health as interconnected. They are now starting to realize that if they are able to have optimal health, they can have an optimal work environment—and vice versa. This is a revolution that I hope to take part in in my capacity as a spokesperson for wellness.

For over 20 years, I have been a marathoner, having run 26.2 miles in the summer and 26.2 miles the fall. I am also the first woman from the United States to ever win the Boston Marathon. I also have been a long distance triathlete, competing in the 5 Ironman distance. I have also run an ultra-marathon. And I have been involved in various other sports like sailing and rock climbing.

Now I am taking up running again at the age of 75. But I will not be running as a single-legged event. I won’t be competing at the Boston Marathon. For my first Boston Marathon I will be running in the 20K Race! (A 20 Mile Race is shorter than a marathon, but not as tough as a marathon.) There are 20,000 runners, including 3,000 women, participating in the race next April 21, 2013. It’s going to be exciting, challenging and exhilarating, and I will take time to enjoy the experience. But I will probably never run that long again.

But this isn’t going to stop me. Because now I’m getting ready to run 25K to celebrate my 75th birthday. I know it will be a difficult 25 kilometers without all the aid stations in between, but I know I won’t complain if I can still take the time to say thank you to friends and family. Because in my mind, I know that it is more important to enjoy the distance and the experience of running with the aid stations that are there than it is the number of calories I can burn in such a short period of time.

And if my 75th birthday does not get me to Boston next year, it will be because I will not be running there with my help. I will have to run on my own. But even if I’m just running with the aid stations I can’t think of any reason why I should give up in the middle of a marathon. I will simply finish strong, and the next time I run, the aid stations will be there waiting for me. 

I’m not going to lie.