, Kingston, NH

September 12, 2013

My Opinion: September 12, 2013

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND — Well the “Gov. 90 Mile Challenge”, which was sponsored by the Governor’s Council On Physical Activity & Health, has been completed.

The challenge started on June 1st, and ended on August 31st. It was designed to “get you moving every day”. Its purpose was to make people aware that it isn’t how much exercise you get “some” days, but more importantly to focus on “sustaining” physical activity each and every day.

How did this challenge work? It challenged you to move “a-mile-a-day”. You could do this either by walking, hiking, biking, or you could count a mile for each 20 minutes of any “sustained” physical activity you did.

Sounds easy, but with the hot, very humid days, and very rainy days, it was a true challenge, if like me, you did it all outside. Sorry, I’m not a gym person, but my legs feel a lot stronger. Good reason to just keep on going.

So, how did I do? Well to tell you the truth, at 75 years young, I did a lot better than I thought. I didn’t miss a day, and that was the best part. For the month of June, I logged 134.5 miles, July - 141.5 miles, and August - 132.0 miles, for a total of 408 miles. Now that we are done, it will cool off, humidity will drop, and it will stop raining, I hope.

Congratulations Sen. Chuck Morse! It was great to hear that you were elected as our next NH State Senate President. Your very hard work, as I said back in the spring, to get us a good balanced State budget passed, and all your other hard work, in Concord, has truly been recognized by your fellow Senators, as they voted you to lead them. Again, Congratulations!

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at