Vivian Hempel Hoops to Stay Fit at 98

Vivian Hempel Hula Hoops

Vivian Hempel Hooping at Curves

Vivian Hempel likes to keep active. She works out for 45 minutes three times a week, line dances weekly and tends a large community garden as well as her own landscaped lawn. While she’s not that different from many other active adults, Hempel is 98-years-old. “I’m never sick, I never have a cold,” she told the Star Tribune, adding, “Oh, my back bothers me. I have other little aches and so on.” She takes only one medication — a pill prescribed when doctors installed a pacemaker a few years ago over her mild objections, as she had experienced no serious heart problems. It’s also worth noting that she is a breast cancer survivor, and has also survived a fractured hip, but she mentions these almost as an afterthought. It’s not that she’s absentminded; she simply treats them as minor setbacks, pushed aside in favor of more interesting things – like hooping it up at her neighborhood Curves Fitness Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Owner Sue Ungewitter stated simply, “She’s our guiding light.”

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  1. Way to show us all up! ;o)

  2. Wow, respect :) I want to be as fit as you in your age ;) A big inspiration to more and more hooping for me :D

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