Amputee veteran lands on Men's Health magazine cover

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Amputee Army Vet Makes 'Men's Health' History

An amputee Army Veteran is making Men's Health magazine history.

33 year old retired Army Sergeant Noah Galloway is the first reader to appear on the magazine's cover after winning the publication's first "Ultimate Men's Health Guy" contest.

The Alabama native was serving in Iraq back in December of 2005 when his humvee set off an IED. He lost his left forearm and left leg below the knee. Galloway told Men's Health the injury set him in a downward spiral. He said, "I'd sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep. That's all I did."

But then in 2010, Galloway decided to make a change. He joined a 24-hour gym so that he could work out in the early morning hours without people gawking at him. Eventually he became a runner, participating in marathons, Tough Mudders,spartan events, and other running events.

His experience led him to creating the No Excuses Charitable Fund, an organization that aims to support after-school wellness programs. And while the father of three told Men's Health that he still has the occasional down day, he's learned that they always pass.

To read more about Galloway's story, you can pick up the November issue of Men's Health magazine.

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Amputee veteran lands on Men's Health magazine cover
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Wounded Warrior Member Noah Galloway poses for a photo on the first tee during the fourball matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army Sgt. (Ret.) Noah Galloway (C) from Birmingham, Alabama and Sgt. (Ret.) Daniel Harrison (Rear) from Atlanta, Texas arrive at Bagram Airfield on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. They were with a group of wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army Major General Stephen Townsend (L), commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force 10 and Regional Command East commander greets SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama at Bagram Airfield on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. Galloway was touring Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Daniel Harrison (L) from Atlanta, Texas, and SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama, return to Bagram Airfield after visiting a forward operating base (FOB) on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. The two were part of a group of wounded soldiers touring Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT Ryan McIntosh from Rifle (L), Colorado, SGT (retired) Noah Galloway (C) from Birmingham, Alabama, and CPT Matt Anderson from Richmond, Virginia, are greeted by Major General Stephen Townsend, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force 10 and Regional Command East commander, at Bagram Airfield on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. The soldiers, all wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, were visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army (front row Lto R) SGT Ryan McIntosh from Rifle, Colorado, SPC (retired) Andrew Miller from Akron, Ohio, SGT (retired) Daniel Harrison from Atlanta, Texas, and SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama visit Craig Hospital at Bagram Airfield on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. McIntosh and Miller were treated at the hospital. The soldiers, all wounded in Iraq or Afghaistan, were visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama checks into a room at Bagram Airfield on March 12, 2014 near Bagram, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama tours FOB Fenty on March 12, 2014 near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway (C) from Birmingham, Alabama meets with soldiers at FOB Fenty on March 12, 2014 near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway (C) from Birmingham, Alabama meets with soldiers at FOB Fenty on March 12, 2014 near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with the Troops First Operation Proper Exit program. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama arrives back at Bagram Air Field after visiting a forward operating base on March 12, 2014 in Bagram, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with Troops First's Operation Proper Exit. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama speaks to soldiers during a visit to Bagram Air Field on March 12, 2014 in Bagram, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with Troops First's Operation Proper Exit. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 12: U.S. Army SGT (retired) Noah Galloway from Birmingham, Alabama speaks to soldiers during a visit to Bagram Air Field on March 12, 2014 in Bagram, Afghanistan. Galloway lost an arm and a leg to an IED blast in Iraq in December 2005. He was one of five wounded soldiers visiting Afghanistan with Troops First's Operation Proper Exit. The program brings wounded servicemen back to Iraq and Afghanistan to help them come to terms with their injuries. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
War veteran Noah Galloway, right, talks with Jim Furyk of the US on the 18th green during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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