FIT FOLKS:

Austin American-Statesman - - HEALTHY LIVING -

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 ple­blanc@states­man.com.

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Su­san White, Carol East­man, Mary Craig, Sandy Schwartz hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim.

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