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FIT FOLKS alissa magrum, 37

Staff Writer
Austin 360

How do I stay fit? I trail run. I mountain bike. I swim in the lake. I do TRX for my abs. I do triathlons. I coach my 6-year-old daughter Ella's soccer team. I surf. I do Bikram yoga. I climb trees with my kid. I road bike. I run on the road. I play tag with my daughter. I swim laps in Barton Springs, or any water source even a hotel pool.

Why do I do all these things? It feels good to be healthy. I want to set a good example for my daughter and her friends. It balances me. I like to do physical challenges to benefit causes I believe in (like Colin's Hope) It is fun! I love my body when it is fit and lean. I want to live a long life. I love the during and post-workout endorphins! I like to eat bacon and burgers and chocolate. I feel totally edgy without it. It is a way to spend time with my friends. It is just part of me and my life.

Why not?

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.