But for those who suffer from physical limitations like Sarah Reinertsen, getting an active member could be the biggest challenge.
"I was amputated from the left leg at the age of 7. I have not had the opportunity to play sports, I will prove that people are wrong", said Reinertsen, a triathlete of the stable.
She recently participated in a marathon that required seven races in seven days on seven continents.
She did her first marathons on her usual walking leg, but realized that there were more advanced tools to help her.
"When you're amputee and want to be active, you can walk on one leg, but there are prostheses that if you want to exercise and go to the next level, you can." Well, know that one mode Healthier life and fitness improves your health in all areas, it's just not paid medically, "said Reinertsen.
Reinertsen will tell you that there is no insurance for this type of prostheses, but that Contested Athletes Foundation can help.
"In California, CAF is a non-profit organization that really serves people with disabilities around the world, they pay for prosthetics that run, they pay for my leg of a cyclist." Between $ 15,000 and $ 35,000, " said Reinertsen.
Reinertsen uses Ossur prosthetics, who is the exclusive prosthetic partner of the troubled athlete foundation, but her husband, Brooke Raasch, says the organization is not limited to helping those who need a prosthesis.
"You can have cerebral palsy, you can be blind, they certainly help a few thousand athletes a year to stay active.They help with the equipment they help with the registration fees they help with flights to get to the races, "said Raasch, who works for Ossur.
The Challenged Athlete Foundation has been in existence for 25 years and has raised more than $ 50 million to help people like Reinertsen embrace a healthier lifestyle.
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