Fumiko Kanaha: Okinawa’s Hooping Fitness Hero

fumiko kanaha Okinawa is one of Japan’s southern prefectures, consisting of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 km long. Somewhere in that 1,000 km long chain you’ll find a woman who isn’t letting life stop her for a moment. Fumiko Kanaha is currently 82 years young and she’s busy keeping up a pretty incredible fitness regimen that she believes will allow her to live to the ripe old age of 125. In addition to lifting weights, doing pushups and skipping rope, you guess it – she’s a hooper and she hoops every day for a minimum of 100 rotations. Recently Fumiko Kanaha has become something of a celebrity in Japan, in part thanks to her appearance on a Japanese variety show. We have to admit we’ve fallen in love with her too. Kristen McQuillin turned us on to the episode and you can watch the short video of Fumiko below:

2 comments for “Fumiko Kanaha: Okinawa’s Hooping Fitness Hero

  1. February 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    She is now my new favorite hooper ever! I love it!

  2. February 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Thats a great video I hope that “old” Okinawa lady does make it 125years old. I am always amazed by some of the very genki seniors in Japan

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