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August Workout Q & A

Aug. 7, 2013
 
Betty Zimmerman of Wisconsin Rapids works out July 29 in the Silver Sneakers Class in Wisconsin Rapids.
Betty Zimmerman of Wisconsin Rapids works out July 29 in the Silver Sneakers Class in Wisconsin Rapids. / Casey Lake/Gannett Central Wisconsin Media
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We asked Betty Zimmerman, age 82, of Wisconsin Rapids, about her exercise favorites in this month’s Workout Q and A.

Question: What inspires you to exercise?

Answer: “Really, my husband Bob has always exercised. I was not the least bit interested in exercising; never had to do it. I had just started to feel my body wasn’t quite working right.”

Three years ago, Zimmerman joined Silver Sneakers at the South Wood County YMCA in Wisconsin Rapids. She described it as a one-hour, soft aerobic routine she goes to three times a week.

“I thought I’m going to give it a try and i just love it,” she said. “One thing, I’ve found, the group of ladies I’m with have become such good friends, and just through exercise.”

Q: What is your favorite exercise equipment?

A: “I guess I would say the weights, You take weights you are comfortable with. Each time you go you have a different set of routines.”

Q: What is your favorite workout song or music?

A: (She laughs) “Char puts on different CDs, but we always have music — it’s all perky.”

Q: What is your favorite fitness activity that does not seem like a workout?

A: “We do some gardening. We do walk; we’re very active (staying busy in the community).”

Q: What are your wellness goals for 2013?

A: “We’re in a holding pattern; just to continue as we are. We eat well, and we try to eat decently. Just try and maintain our health and get our rest. “

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