Cory Everson making the most of a workout
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Moving your body even just a few minutes each day and making the right lifestyle choices were among tips one of the top female fitness experts in the nation offered Sunday at a conference in downtown Huntington.
Cory Everson of Los Angeles was the sports celebrity at the 16th annual Family Practice Weekend and Sports Medicine Conference at the Radisson Hotel.
Everson won the Ms. Olympia title six times in the 1980s, which is the highest and most prestigious honor in professional bodybuilding. She also won the "Most Fit Female in Hollywood" title by People Magazine in 1996 and 1997. She has a series of fitness videos, has authored books, and is the star of "Gotta Sweat," one of the top fitness shows on ESPN2.
"Be patient, be frequent and move your body," Everson said Sunday. "Itís more important to be consistent and frequent with your exercise program than having a gut-busting workout."
About 1,300 people -- including medical professionals, speakers, exhibitors and their families -- attended the conference this past weekend, said Chris Ferrell, executive secretary for the Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia based in Sutton, W.Va.
The goal of the conference is to provide family physicians and other health care professionals with an update on diagnosis and treatment of commonly encountered medical problems.
A sports celebrity is usually featured the last day of the conference each year when many of the sports medicine professionals are in attendance, Ferrell said.
All funds raised go toward a medical student scholarship program to encourage family physicians to practice in West Virginia, she said.
Fitness is not just about how one looks but how one feels, Everson said.
"You can change someoneís life by giving them a hug and saying, ĎLetís go to the gym,í " she said.
Everson recommended that people get a training partner to help motivate them. She said after the first couple minutes of exercise, itís easier to keep going.
"Weíre all human; none of us wants to clean the house or do the laundry or go to work," she said. "We have to force ourselves to do things."
When Everson was 21 years old, she had a blood clot in her leg. Doctors told her she may not be able to walk normally again or she may even have to get her leg amputated.
Through hard work, she regained her strength and is now one of the top names in the fitness industry. She is also the proud parent of a 5-year-old boy she adopted from Russia.
Everson spoke about setting a good example for children. She mentioned eating disorders and the importance of being healthy instead of becoming obsessed with losing that last 10 pounds.
She also spoke about simplifying all aspects of oneís life at work and home.
"Lighten the load in your workout and your eating," she said. "Donít complicate your life. It makes your life easier."