Dennis & Rebecca Arthur
The Arthur’s married in 1965 and Denny soon began enjoying Becky’s home cooking. Just a few months, and 20 pounds later he decided that exercise would need to be a way of life. Becky found that exercise was a great way to maintain her weight and enjoy a balanced life. Denny began exercising when converse tennis shoes were popular and Becky worked out to Jane Fonda tapes. But one thing was certain, from then on, exercise would be a part of their everyday lives. After a long and successful career, Denny retired in 1999 from Bank of America in Charlotte, NC and the Arthur’s moved to Mount Crawford, VA to be near family, as Becky grew up in this area.
They joined the Wellness Center in March of that year and have been here ever since. Denny says, “Exercise isn’t a decision or choice, it is a part of our lives and it effects what you can do while you are living.” Becky grins as she says, “Yes, Denny gets a total body workout at the Wellness Center, he works out a lot and he talks a lot.” And he does enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the Center. They both love to work out; Denny incorporates about 60 minutes of cardio each day. He adds upper body circuit training on Mon-Wed-Fri. and on Tues.-Thur. he concentrates on lower body. Becky focuses on strength training 2 to 3 times a week and incorporates cardio every day Mon-Fri. Becky has also invested in personal training to learn how to do proper strength training. The Arthur’s agree that finding the balance of mind, body and spirit is definitely a way to enjoy complete happiness. They add, “we are thankful to God for our good health and we do our best to live our lives with this focus in mind. We want to stay as strong as we can, for as long as we can.” Over the past 15 years, the Arthurs have bought exercise equipment from the Wellness Center that was being replaced. Their collection included a stationary bike, elliptical trainer, NordicTrack and treadmill. And they still have the treadmill!
Their best achievement to date; being married, raising their daughter and two sons and being grandparents to ten grandchildren. One of their wedding anniversary traditions is to drive their 1965 Volvo, bought 3 months after they wed, to Kline’s for ice cream. But for their 50th anniversary in 2015, they have made big plans; Really BIG plans! They plan to hike on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. A mere 2180 miles to celebrate one another, good health and the beauty of God’s creation! Becky also wants to walk for “Hope”, which has a very personal meaning for her. Becky’s middle name is Hope, and she passed this middle name on to her daughter, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her prognosis is very optimistic and Becky wants to focus on “Hope” during her Appalachian journey.
The Wellness Center staff wishes you a fun, “hope” filled and safe adventure! Congratulations Denny & Becky and thank you for being our September members of the month!