OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It's not hard to find people breaking a sweat these days. More people are getting back into the gym to lose weight, increase their stamina, and just feel better. And they come from every age group.
Laura Miley exercises with a friend several times a week. She has two reasons waiting at home for doing so.
"Being a parent, I realize the importance of being healthy and staying healthy and being a good role model to my kids so they know that you can enjoy life and stay as healthy as you want to be.
The reasons to exercise and enjoy it are many and varied, just like the people are themselves. But there's one thing that some folks really want from exercise, a better and longer quality of life.
Joe Cox was looking for just that, and after dropping almost 60 pounds, he's found it.
"I exercise just to stay mobile," Cox said. "I have arthritis and I've had a heart attack, and I do it just to stay mobile and to feel better. It does work and the more you do the better you feel."
Getting started at a young age helps build a foundation for a lifetime. Just ask 17-year-old Callie Morano.
"That's why I started so young, going to the gym every day because I want to be able to keep up my habit when I get older. Because, obviously, when you start gaining weight, it gets harder to get control of it."
Another 17-year-old is Kevin Migues, who loves lifting weights with his friends.
"It just gives me a feeling of power," Migues said. "I don't know, it's just a good hobby, it's a great way to exercise, it's a lot of fun."
And having fun is just part of the equation. Improving your quality of life is the other. Most health experts agree, 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day can add years to your life.