Hi everyone! My name is Kim Kenney and I am 53 years old. I have previously posted a Total Gym Bio about myself and I had mentioned that my mom, Sue Kenney, is my inspiration for not only wanting to be but to stay physically fit for my entire life. In September of this year, she turned 89 years old. One of my earliest memories is my Mom exercising along with Jack LaLanne on TV first thing every morning. For those of you who don’t know Jack LaLanne, he was a nutrition and fitness guru who lived an active 97 years. In the 1950’s and 60’s, he had a daily early morning exercise program on television. I can remember standing along side of my Mom in the living room mimicking the exercises her and Jack would be doing. When I was in my early 20’s I would exercise to video tapes and my Mom would be right alongside of me!
My Mom was born in Japan and she told me that exercise is a very important part of the Japanese culture. As children they would have to wake up early every day and go with their parents to do their exercise sessions at the schools, parks, place of employment, etc. Even during summer vacation! She said she hated to get up to go, but they had no choice. It was just something that everyone did and there was no argument about it! That certainly carried through her entire life and now at 89 she still never misses a day of exercise!
My parents both live in Virginia now and my 88-year-old Dad goes to their club and plays ping pong with the guys (he beats men decades younger than him!) and my Mom attends various gym classes 5 days a week. On the days that there is no gym class, she still exercises at home and uses a Total Gym that I purchased for their house. I visit them for two weeks at a time a few times a year and I can’t bear to be without my Total Gym for that long. Little did I know; my Mom would use it too!! She was a “natural” the first time she used it! We are so happy when we get to work out together. It’s a lot of fun and I get to show her new moves that she can do when she is by herself.
I truly believe that exercise is the fountain of youth! Of course, a good diet is a big part of staying healthy too but if you don’t keep your body moving, your muscles from shrinking, and your heart strong from exercise, you won’t age as gracefully as my Mom, my superhero! This just proves that the Total Gym will keep you active no matter how
old you are! And it’s a lot of fun! Just ask my Mom!!
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