Keeping active in your golden years is important

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on fitness and how it can benefit you.

Tom Muhlbeier can shimmy up a rope faster than most men half his age.

The task was just a taste of what the 60-year-old Pasco man had to accomplish on his way to finishing ninth in the Masters Men division (60 and older) at the Reebok CrossFit Games last weekend in Madison, Wisc.

“Tom is amazing,” said Shane Arnott, owner of Aegis CrossFit in Pasco, where Muhlbeier works out. “He is the first one here in the morning. He has life goals and a passion for what he does. He found the right program and the right training partner and has never looked back.”

Muhlbeier certainly lies at the extreme of staying active later in life. But no matter your fitness level, it’s important to keep your body moving.

“Walk, walk, walk. It’s one of the best exercises you can do,” said Kennewick physical therapist Deanna Dreier. “Get on a program that you can do all year round.”

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