Frankie O’Brien grew up in the Midwest, #5 of 12 children. The polio commercials from the early 1950’s sensitized her to the fact that good health is a gift and should never be taken for granted.

By age 14 she had established what by now has become a lifelong fitness habit. She first started jogging in the summer of 1967, shortly before Kenneth Cooper’s first book on aerobics was published. Running shoes were not yet made for women and it was odd to see a jogger. Blistered feet were a regular part of her life for a few years until a market started to develop for running shoes for women.

These next few statements reveal part of her core beliefs and will help you get to know her perspective on fitness:A lifelong fitness habit is a truly priceless gift you give yourself.

Exercise should be as routinely a part of your life as getting out of bed and brushing your teeth.With longevity in mind, exercise should be an effort, but never a strain.

I never think about how many days a week I work out. I think about how many days in a row I work out before I take a day off. I’m not simply trying to give my body what it needs. I’m trying to keep my habit strong. The factors of consistency and cumulative effect make shorter daily workouts worth more than longer intermittent workouts.

I don’t believe in fake food. If I can’t have the real thing I’ll eat something else.
I don’t let a clock tell me it’s time to eat. I eat if and when I’m hungry and I stop before I’m stuffed.
One of my greatest blessings is that I like to work out. I want to help people who struggle with fitness