Oc­cu­pa­tion: Semire­tired en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer, nov­el­ist Age: 66

Milwaukee Health - - PERSPECTIVE -

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.”

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