Occupation: Semiretired environmental engineer, novelist Age: 66
When you have a heart operation as a child, you learn early on that fitness is important.
At 6, Prill had surgery to correct tetralogy of Fallot, a rare heart condition. “The doctors I’ve seen ... said it would be a good idea to exercise,” says Prill, of Bayside. He began weightlifting in college and moved to aerobics and half marathons.
Today, he works out six times a week, using weights and doing aerobics. He bicycles in warm weather.
In 2007, Prill had a stroke, and a year later a second heart operation. When doctors asked, “Do you exercise?” Prill was happy to be able to say, “Oh, yeah.”
“Everyone should figure out what’s comfortable,” he says. “Any exercise is better than none.” He says he likes to share his story, to tell folks “they can go through serious medical issues and still be alive and active at 65.”