Name: Dr. Gayle Carson
Involved in: Mostly group exercise workouts (step aerobics, kickboxing, power fusion, body pump) plus swimming. Do stationary bikes and treadmill as well.
Note from the editor: How amazing is this woman?! I hope I'm kickboxing, body pumping and doing step aerobics when I'm 74! Dr. Carson is serious inspiration, so be sure to pass her profile along to all your friends as proof that you're never too old to get (and stay) in shape! You can also learn more about Dr. Carson on her website - check it out!
Energy to be an S.O.B. (It's not what you think!)
I have always been active. I first started as a dancer, then began swimming and water skiing, and then when gyms became popular (1985) I signed up and have been there ever since! I work out two hours a day, and that's what got me through breast cancer three times - chemo, radiation and 16 surgeries. But, I never got sick, felt tired or anything else. I even started a new business through this trial and also had my bunions done. I'm definitely an S.O.B. (Spunky Old Broad).
Staying motivated and challenged
GirlsGoneSporty (GGS): What is your motivation for staying active?
Dr. Gayle Carson (GC): The motivation to keep active is to keep moving. During my three bouts of breast cancer, chemo, radiation, 16 surgeries, I never stopped working out. I never got sick or felt tired. I know it was mind and body that did it.
GGS: What sports or fitness accomplishments are you most proud of?
GC: The thing I'm most proud of is that even though I'm the oldest person in most of the classes I take, I never stop, so the "young ones" don't either.
GGS: How do you keep challenging yourself to improve?
GC: I keep challenging myself by going to the IDEA fitness conventions to keep up with the latest info as well as reading all the health and fitness mags I can. I try new classes and machines, but I have to be careful - sometimes I push myself to my own detriment.
Tools of the trade
GGS: What’s your favorite healthy food/dish?
GC: I love chicken just about any way it's made, but it has to be white meat. I also like oatmeal or shredded wheat in the morning.
GGS: What's on your workout playlist?
GC: Nor sure what you mean by playlist but if it's music I'm at the mercy of the class instructor. Personally, I like the upbeat 50's and 60's music.
GGS: What’s in your gym bag?
GC: In my gym bad is a towel, water, some hand weights and my workout routines.
Live the sporty life
GGS: What does the phrase “live the sporty life” mean to you?
GC: Live the sporty life means liking the outdoors, being active and not too concerned with the "glamour look."