Health advocates have long said that regular exercise can play a major role in your physical and mental well-being.
Kay Yamauchi is living proof of that. The 99-year-old is a regular at Castle Medical Center’s Wellness and Lifestyle Center. She has been for five years.
“I started to come and I feel so good, that’s why I come,” she explained. “I thought if I come and exercise, it helps, because at home like that, I hardly do anything. That’s why I come.”
Like most “gym rats,” she too has found a groove in her routine, attending classes three times a week.
Yamauchi shows that keeping your body strong and limber can help you maintain independence as you age.
“I really enjoy the class. I don’t want to miss it. I want to continue,” she said. “It can make you think too what to do and all that. I like the class.”
For many years, Yamauchi worked alongside her husband while caring for her family.
“My husband was a jeweler. He repaired watches and fixed jewelry and we had a small jewelry store,” she said.
Today, she focuses her attention on making sure she can be as independent as possible. Besides its many physical benefits, regular exercise can reduce stress, anxiety and feelings of depression.
“What’s your message to other senior citizens out there?” KHON2 asked.
“I think it’s good to come, continue,” Yamauchi said.
“Age should not be a barrier for you to be active,” said Nicole Kerr, Castle Medical Center Wellness and Lifestyle Center director. “We have Kay who is 99 years old in our program, and she is an inspiration for everybody because she comes religiously three times a week and she participates in a class and does well or better than some of our 50 and 60 year olds.”
Kay Yamauchi is breaking barriers and proving that age, even at 99, is just a number.