SAN RAFAEL (KCBS) — A Bay Area woman who first took up fitness training at the age of 48 now hopes to win a statewide body building competition at 72.
San Rafael resident Dixie James has the energy of a 25-year-old. She exercises or does some kind of athletic activity every day of the week.READ MORE: Support for Windsor Mayor Crumbles as Details of Alleged Sexual Misconduct Emerge
“I come to the gym to do yoga, and I swim,” Dixie said.
She’ll be 73 next month – the same month as her 50th wedding anniversary.READ MORE: Hundreds at Bay Area Rallies March to Support Asian Americans
Those two events are a big part of the reason the septuagenarian is training for the Northern California Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship.
“I’m doing more and more since I’m aging, and a lot of people, I think feel that it’s OK to stop, and I’m feeling just the opposite. I’m feeling stronger,” she said.
Dixie is a proponent of exercise. She says people live longer, live better, and live happier with even just a small amount of exercise.MORE NEWS: Former Sebastopol Mayor Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault Against a Minor
“Who isn’t going to get older? Hopefully we all do, because that means we’re living a long life,” she said.