~By Vern Miller jr., The New Jersey Herald
Sooner or later, almost everyone faces the reality of falling out of shape. Too much sitting, whether at work or burrowed into the couch, has taken its toll. That feeling overtook Bob Hopkins in 1977, when he was 35, as he huffed and puffed his way up a long flight of stairs. "I knew I had to do something, but I wasn't sure what," Hopkins said. "I didn't know how I could fit exercise time into my busy schedule, especially with all the hours I was putting in at work. I needed to flip the mental switch where I realized that no matter what my responsibilities were at work, I couldn't do them if I wasn't in shape. "Eventually, my slogan became, 'If I'm dead or incapacitated, I don't make quota anyway.'"