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92 year-old East Texan lives healthy life thanks to workouts

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Three times a week, you can find Maxine Turner at Woodland Heights Medical Center working out, and nothing slows her down.

"If I don't work out, then nothing seems to work right,” Turner said.

Turner does not let her age hold her back.

"In April, I will be 92,” Turner said.

Turner has been working out on a regular basis for the past two decades. Turner’s life changed after a visit to the doctor when she was in her seventies.

"I found out I had osteoporosis, so she sent me to the fitness center and by working out down there and a senior fitness class, I got my bone density stable,” Turner said.

Turner is joined by her friends with the senior circle group which is just a small piece of a national effort to improve health among the elderly. With many experts stressing at least two and a half hours of exercise a week as age increases. Turner said the key to why she is so active is that couple of hours every week. Turner is not the only person in her family that works out. Turner is joined every time at the center by her daughter and has a cousin from out of town that is 95 years-old.

“She is such an inspiration to me because she is as sharp as a tack,” Turner said. “I just hope I can last as long as she has.”

She is proof that age should not stop anyone from working out.

"If I didn't try to stay active, I wouldn't be able to get out of bed in the morning,” Turner said.

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