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Age is a Number, but Staying Active is Necessity to Life

from The Washington Post via Press of Atlantic City

Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame.

It wasn't always this way. Although Schottland, an auto racing instructor, has been hitting the gym for nearly 30 years, she credits her weightlifting skills to her personal trainer at Fit, a gym in Washington that offer personal training specifically for senior citizens.

"The guys in the gym are so jealous," Schottland said. "I ain't no spring chicken no more, so I have trouble with my foot from time to time. But I don't let it stop me, and the trainers don't let you give up, anyway."

Even for people as fit as Schottland, trainers must take into account that with age comes diminished endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. That doesn't mean that older adults must resign themselves to easy routines. Trainers just need to do thorough assessments, checking for injuries, joint weakness and other limitations, said Michael Everts, Fit's owner. more

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