Fitness has always played a role in Deb Hill’s life.

After all, she’s a retired physical education teacher.

The 63-year-old has worked out at a handful of places, but it took time to find one where she felt really comfortable. Hill found the right fit at Jazzercise in Council Bluffs.

She’s at the studio five to six days a week. Those workouts have helped her get stronger and helped her to better keep up with her four grandsons.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I started with Jazzercise in 2017. I had done other things previously, but I wish I had started with this way earlier.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: They vary. There’s always a warmup. We do cardio and strength. It’s a total one-hour workout. The music’s great, and so is the camaraderie. I’m here five to six days a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: I want to be able to stay active, because I have four grandkids. They say you’re as old as you feel. I like to think I’m young.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: I’m a little stronger with the weights now.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: I had major surgery about 10 years ago. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get back.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: The girls. It’s fun. We keep each other accountable.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: My husband is retired, too, and we like to travel. With four grandsons, they keep us busy.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: My water.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: You’ve got to try it. Don’t be afraid. (At Jazzercise) we are not judgmental at all. We have all shapes, sizes and ages.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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