**Part 4 of a series I am doing on women who are 40+ fit and fabulous….
Meet todays 40+ Fit and Fabulous Woman
RFYHP: What got you into “fitness”?
Debbie: When I was growing up, my dad lifted weights with my brothers & their friends. But back then it was very uncommon for a girl to lift weights. So I played sports. When I had my daughter at 21 I wanted to lose the baby weight, so I started doing Jane Fonda tapes. Eventually I transitioned to weight lifting and light running.
RFYHP: Working through health issues and getting fit….
Debbie: I was diagnosed with asthma as an adult and slowed down a bit as I had to take meds to control it. At age 38 I was found to have slightly high blood pressure & my doctor said to me he knew I couldn’t run so I should try to walk. I was afraid if I couldn’t run then what would happen in 10 or 20 years so I forced myself to run.
RFYHP: What are you most proud of (achievement/ moment)?
Debbie C: What I am most proud of is a year and a half after the doctor told me I couldn’t run, I ran my first full marathon. (RFYHP: marathon girl in the house!)
RFYHP: Give a great piece of advice that you have learned which younger women can benefit from.
Debbie: A good thing about being an older active woman, aside from the fact people think I’m younger, is I’m healthy and strong at a tome people my age are being diagnosed with high blood pressure , high cholesterol ect… I work in a doctor’s office and patients are always asking me what do I do and or eat to stay in shape. We recently got a bone density machine in our office so we all got tested. I am the oldest woman there and my bone density was the best , better than 20 something year olds. My advice to young women is lift weights and exercise when you are younger so it can protect your bones when you’re older. RFYHP: That’s some really good advice!