Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, yoga and Tai Chi – the se­cret of amaz­ing Phyl­lis, 100

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IF you want to know the se­cret of a long and healthy life, look no fur­ther than Phyl­lis Smith, who loves her yoga, Tai Chi and get­ting reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

Phyl­lis has reached her cen­tury in style, de­spite be­ing in­jured in a road ac­ci­dent this year.

She re­cov­ered well and was on top form as she cel­e­brated her 100th birthday with friends and fam­ily.

Born in Staines dur­ing the First World War, Phyl­lis cel­e­brated her spe­cial day at the home in Charvil, Berk­shire, where she lives with her sis­ter, who is 95 next week.

Phyl­lis en­joyed some cake and open­ing her presents on her big day. She was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to re­ceive a card of con­grat­u­la­tions from the Queen, a mes­sage that was read out to ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance.

She was also pleased to wel­come a sur­prise vis­i­tor in the form of her lawyer Julie Taberer, who trav­elled to Charvil to pre­sent Phyl­lis with a bou­quet and a card.

Phyl­lis first met Julie, who works at Rich­mond-based law firm Moore Blatch, this year after the ac­ci­dent.

Julie sup­ported Phyl­lis in her re­cov­ery and the pair de­vel­oped a strong friend­ship.

Phyl­lis was able to make a speedy re­cov­ery, aided by her ac­tive lifestyle, de­spite her ad­vanced age. She ex­er­cises reg­u­larly, hav­ing prac­tised yoga for 40 years and has re­cently taken up Tai Chi. Phyl­lis never lost the vim and vigour of her youth, and she is al­ready look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing her next land­mark birthday.

Phyl­lis said: “The whole day was a thor­oughly en­joy­able oc­ca­sion.

“I was so pleased to be able to cel­e­brate with so many spe­cial peo­ple, in­clud­ing Julie’s un­ex­pected but very much ap­pre­ci­ated ap­pear­ance. I wish I could turn 100 more of­ten.”

Julie, se­nior solic­i­tor at Moore Blatch, called Phyl­lis re­mark­able, adding: “I was pleased to be able to cel­e­brate her spe­cial day with her.”

Pic­ture: Andy Sten­ning, Daily Mir­ror

Golden girl: He­len Glover with the cox­less pairs gold medal she won in Rio last year.

Woman of the cen­tury: The re­mark­able Phyl­lis Smith cel­e­brates her 100th birthday with her friend and lawyer Julie Taberer

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