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How strength training, yoga and listening to her body have helped a 69-year-old age well

If you’re searching for a natural way to slow the ageing process, look no further than a regular exercise regimen; it can be as simple as playing a sport, walking, swimming or practising yoga.

You don’t have to train for a triathlon or spend hours in the gym to reap the myriad benefits of regular exercise. And it’s never too late to get started.

Theresa Brickley is an exemplar of how to age well.

She has focused on fitness since her twenties and four decades later, at 69, she remains as active as ever – despite having endured multiple injuries and surgical procedures through the years.

"Staying healthy makes me feel strong and confident, ready to enjoy each day with peace and happiness"

-Theresa Brickley Her current weekly exercise routine incorporates full-body workouts – practising yoga and Pilates, swimming, hiking, strength training and Kizomba, a dance originating in Angola.

“Fitness is a way of life for me. I like to keep myself healthy, both physically and mentally,” says Brickley, a long-term resident of Hong Kong.

In her early twenties, she had a herniated disc in her lower back and underwent spinal fusion surgery to permanently connect vertebrae and eliminate motion between them.

“I was shocked that I needed to undergo back surgery at such a young age. I could not walk for a month and was in immense pain after the operation,” says Brickley, who was studying in Munich, Germany at the time.


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