Being fit feels good even for this 70 year old

You're never too old to get into shape and stay that way.

It’s never too late to start on a healthier you. Phyllis Vennard is an example of a woman who has overcome the obstacles to living healthy. It has not been easy, but as she says, she just keeps moving! How does she do it? Here’s what she said:

Phyllis Vennard – 70 years young

Q: What was your motivation to lose weight or get fit?

A: I have diabetes. And rather than take pills, I’d prefer to exercise and that means exercise continually. I have to exercise as long as I can do it. Now I take just one pill and my diabetes in under control.

Q: How often do you exercise and what do you do?

A:  I attend fitness classes three mornings and two evenings each week, When I don’t get all the workouts in, I hike up a mountain and I just keep moving all the time.

Q: How do you motivate yourself to exercise regularly?

A: I want to keep my diabetes under control

Q: What’s your favorite activity to do?

A: Dancing

Q: What is your fitness background?

A: Exercise has been a way of life. For a number of years I played baseball and slow pitch. I wasn’t always able to do everything I would have liked to do, I had two kids and then in my 50s I injured my achilles tendons. For at least six or seven years, I was unable to do what I would have liked to do because of my injuries and then for four years I limped. I went to numerous doctors and then to a sports specialist who helped lead me to healing. I started with walking around town, then did a little more and more and then two years ago began fitness classes. I have to be careful how much I do and how I do it but I have done more these last 2 years. These last two years I have pushed myself to see how much I am capable of doing.

Q: How has being fit affected your life?

A: Wonderful! I get out more. I can do way more. I don’t puff like I used to. Stairs I can do, any kind of stairs and lots of flights of stairs! I’m not up to running up mountains, but some day I might get there! I have a lot more energy.

Q: What would you like to tell others about being fit?

A: Only that it will really change your life, socially, physically and mentally.

Vicky Trill

Just Posted

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Hospital emergency department closed this weekend

Closure due to unexpected limited physician availabiliy, says Interior Health

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Heidi Roy of the Cariboo Jade Shop in Cache Creek with the 3,000 jade boulder, which is now on secure display inside the shop. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Massive jade boulder returns to Cache Creek store six months after daring heist

The 3,000-pound boulder was stolen on Dec. 19, 2020 and found abandoned in the bush a week later

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Child sex crimes charges against Interior’s top doc won’t impact pandemic response: Dix

Dr. Albert de Villiers is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read