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Fitness Fridays motivate woman with emphysema to exercise

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A Minnesota woman says AARP’s Fitness Fridays inspired her 70-year-old aunt to get back into exercise.

Exercise Fridays Free 60-minute virtual total body workouts led by Dashon Johnson.

Rebecca Miniscalco contacted AARP Georgia to say “thank you” for the exercise series. He said his aunt has emphysema and is on oxygen 24/7.

“The COVID pandemic has been difficult for her because she hasn’t been able to get out and exercise much, so we bought her an exercise bike. She has worked herself up enough to ride a bike for 20 minutes, which is amazing.

However, last summer, she developed pneumonia, and it was her home. It’s back to walking from one end to the other. It’s very upsetting for her after all the progress she’s made and knowing it’s going to take months of work to get back to where she was, if she can,” Miniscalco said.

That’s where Fitness Fridays come in.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Rebecca went to her aunt’s to shovel snow, and from there joined one of the Zoom workouts. Her aunt said maybe she couldn’t work out, but that wasn’t the case.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed my aunt stretching too, I didn’t say anything, but I turned my computer screen a little more towards her and increased the brightness on the screen so she could see better.

We got into the workout and she was doing the exercises with me. I let her know that she had to listen to her body, go at her own pace, and that it didn’t matter if she spoke less, or she had to hold her breath.

“She did fewer reps for some of the exercises, and she only had to hold her breath twice,” Miniscalco said.

Miniscalco said he plans to run the workouts from his aunt’s house for the next few weeks so they can do it together.

If you need a cue to get your workout back on track, especially after losing your routine or momentum, this is it.

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