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Fit Folks: Belinda Fernandes, 63

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Belinda Fernandes, with her trainer, Shepherd Green, says it's never too late to start exercising.

At 63, I'm in the best shape of my life. I have been doing aerobic activities since the 1970s. I started weight training more than a year ago.

I work out with my trainer, Shepherd Green, at the Sun City fitness center three times a week for one-hour sessions. We work with resistance bands, stability balls, kettle bells, machines and free weights.

He mixes up my program so we are always challenging my muscles — plus, it keeps it interesting. He believes you cannot do the same thing in the gym and expect to continue to see improvement.

I do spin cycle classes three days a week and core and aerobic dance classes twice a week. I have lost 15 pounds and three sizes and have maintained that for a year. I feel good and strong. My laboratory numbers were normal, but all have improved with my exercise program.

I believe any age can benefit from exercise, and it is never too late to start.

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.