If Ruth Kravitz was a politician, she could have all the world's problems solved in just one lap around the track at the Martinsville YMCA.
Everyday, for about three hours, Kravitz joins her friends for exercise. I joined her for a couple laps today while talking about the important things in life.
"That's an important factor Justin, that my very good friends are here," Kravitz said.
Speed walking for a while, swimming, mainly for aerobics, and talking about everything consumes her time while exercising.
But nearly two years ago, she wasn't interested in the YMCA. She was at home, grieving.
"Marty passed away one day before our 59th anniversary," Kravitz said.
She married Marty Kravitz when they both lived in New York and moved to Martinsville for work.
Marty had health problems like heart disease and arthritis, but every morning he came to the YMCA, while she stayed home, not really interested in his exercise routine.
But after Marty died, she was lost. But then she became curious.
What happened next acted as pure medicine.
"I said, you know, let me see what Marty has been talking about and into, and why he enjoyed it so much. And I decided to try it and then I found out exactly why," Kravitz said.
She found friends, and lots of them.
"That's my friend Connie," Kravitz said waving through the glass wall looking over the pool. "We had lunch last week."
She and her children also set up a fund to get the YMCA new workout equipment in honor of Marty.
Her husband's passion for the YMCA has turned into a love of her own.
"Marty would be so happy and proud to know that because of his urging in the past that I finally came around to coming to the Y," Kravitz said.
She's using her experience as inspiration for other people who have gone through the same loss. The CEO of the Martinsville YMCA sees her story, and stories like hers spreading with each new member.
"I think Ruth is an inspiration for a lot of seniors that think, when they lose a loved one they'll stay at home, they'll become reclusive and I think her story is a great one for those that have lost a loved one or are finding themselves sitting at home," said Brad Kinkema, the CEO of the Martinsville YMCA. "They can be active and they can rediscover great things in their community."