An octogenarian (age 86!) still teaching Pilates!
Thank you to photographer Rose Baca/Staff Photographer and author Leslie Barker with The Dallas Morning News for this profile of an extraordinary Pilates instructor.
It is our health mantra: keep exercising! This octogenarian is a true testament to that mantra!
Although exercise has been a constant for her, she also teaches Pilates! A cancer survivor herself, she gives classes to those dealing with the disease.
So if your excuse is you’re too old to exercise, read this!
Fitness Profile: At 86, she still works out six days a week
Ethel LaBranche, 86, leads a beginner Pilates class for cancer patients at the Texas Oncology-Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas. She exercises six days a week. Exercise has always been part of Ethel LaBranche’s life. She ran for many years, then took up sailing for 15 years and eventually turned to exercise classes and Pilates. Now 86, the two-time cancer survivor teaches Pilates at Cancer Support Community North Texas to others fighting the disease. She also exercises six days a week.
If I had just 20 minutes to exercise: I would do Pilates.
What gets in the way of my workouts: Not much. Recently, health issues have slowed me down but never stopped me from exercising. I feel better physically and mentally when I exercise.
Proudest fitness moments: Seeing my senior students and cancer survivor students succeed in their fitness goals.
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