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Admiration for new generation

  • Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Lisa Murray of Temple shares health stories from her childhood with the Ledger-Transcript.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

As a teenager in her homestate of New York, Lisa Murray, now a Temple resident, admired her peers who had the skills and the courage to join the track team. She wanted to compete right along beside them but her parents advised her to pursue other hobbies.

“Girls in my generation, or at least in my experience, were certainly not encouraged to participate in sports,” Murray said. “My mother discouraged me by saying, ‘That’s not what girls do.’”

Now at the age of 54, Murray said she watches with admiration out her Franklin Pierce University office window in Rindge at the female athletes that have pursued their passion and proven themselves to be just as capable as boys.

“Growing up, nobody talked about being athletic or just getting regular exercise,” Murray said. “I wish that I had developed a practice of exercising regularly earlier in my life because it would be a part of my daily routine. Now, I have to insert it into my life in an unnatural way.”

Murray said she would advise young people today to find an exercise regiment that they enjoy and to share in the experience with friends. By making it a habit, Murray said working out won’t become a battle later on in life.

In addition to exercising, Murray said a well-balanced meal is equally important to one’s overall health. “I learned a huge amount about nutrition when my daughter suffered from asthma and allergies,” she said. “We looked for alternative ways to heal her and it opened up my eyes dramatically.”

When Murray moved to New Hampshire 21 years ago from Boston, she said she was not familiar with the local and organic foods movement. Now, she said, she tries to eat organic foods whenever possible and feels healthier because of it.

— By Alyssa Dandrea

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