This is the sixth in a series of Q&A’s with RSG! Olympians and Paralympians on the topic of health and fitness. Rosalyn won a silver medal as a member of the U.S. 4×400 meter relay team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. This is Rosalyn’s 10th year participating in RSG! She currently mentors students at Trinity Street Elementary and KIPP Sol Academy
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. Keep doing it. Start now and continue on and let it be a lifetime of fitness so we never stop. As a kid once you implant it and it becomes a part of you then it never stops.
Q. What was the biggest health and fitness obstacle you faced growing up?
A. The only obstacle I had was probably nutrition because at that time we didn’t even think about nutrition because we were exercising so much and burning so many calories. Nobody taught us much about nutrition. I learned that later in life as I got older.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. I try to work out 3-4 times per week. I do cross training. I swim, I do bike riding, running, tennis and weight lifting.
Q. What is the biggest benefit that you get from exercising regularly?
A. You feel better and hopefully if everything works out you’re going to live longer. I am healthier than most of my friends. When I see the friends that I grew up with, the friends that I graduated with who are around my age (61), when I look at them I am really happy that I kept my exercise regiment because I see that they stopped. Even some of my Olympian friends have stopped and they’ve gained 40-50 pounds. I know that’s hard on the knees and I’ve seen knee replacements, hip replacements and I am thankful that I still have both my knees and both my hips.
Q. Exercise can be boring, so how do you make it fun?
A. I try to sneak exercise in with my students while they are not even aware that they are exercising. I try to switch it up and make it fun so that you don’t even know you are doing exercise. It could be as simple as playing tag. You’re moving, you’re running, so you are having fun, but you are exercising, you’re sweating, you’re burning calories.