Strength In Numbers | VideoMichelle San Miguel | 6/29/2012
These three generations of women all love hitting the treadmills nice and early.
"Well, if we don`t come in the morning we just don`t come it seems like. Afternoons just don`t work but the mornings do," said Evelyn Shipley.
At 93-years-old, this great-grandma is a regular at the Women`s Health Center in Bismarck. She`s been working out here for almost three years but being active is nothing new for her.
"My mother was a teacher and would walk to school and carry her stuff. She always enjoyed walking," said Shipley`s daughter, Zona Robb.
Robb learned the importance of exercise from her mom and has remained active most of her life. As she`s gotten older that`s made it easier to deal with her osteoarthritis.
"If I don`t exercise, if I take a vacation or go out of town or something and lose the routine my knees start to tighten up and they really become sore. Walking becomes more painful. As long as I come daily I deal with it really well."
Cathy Dockter is a regular here too, though her busy work schedule and two kids don`t leave much time in the evening for her to workout. That`s why you`ll find her here at 5:30 in the morning.
"I never thought I could do it until you start to do it and then after about six, seven weeks you get addicted and it just becomes part of your routine."
Even Dockter`s two kids come to the gym. Their grandma, Robb, drops them off at the daycare here before she starts her workout.
"Sometimes they`ll say, `Why do we have to go today?` Because Grandma has to stay healthy. I mean they hear it continually so they understand. We`ll have another generation of it," Robb said.
These women point out that working out hasn`t doesn`t just helped their physical health, it`s also help them overcome emotional challenges over the past year.