I am a psychologist and knew better. Sitting is deadly. But I did mostly that until a friend challenged me to run— well, walk and pant while she ran. It worked, and I eventually moved faster. Later, with the middle-aged advantage of less competition in my age group, I won a few medals. Fast forward more, and I won my age group in a pushup contest last year. Who says there are no advantages to getting older! Now I’m hooked on hiking, water aerobics, and strength training with a trainer I count on to be a drill sergeant if needed. Recently four of us “seniors” did a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike, the hardest and most glorious physical challenge for me so far. To get ready, we added (with loaded backpacks) stair-climbing and hills. We’re now planning our next adventure and not slacking off in our workouts.
We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan White, Carol Eastman, Mary Craig, Sandy Schwartz hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim.