Avid Swimmer Celebrates her 99th Birthday at the Pool

The next time you think about skipping a workout, you should think of Arline Minns.

Minns celebrated her 99th birthday on Wednesday at the Drew Wellness Center -- after she finished the hour-long water aerobics class she attends five days a week! Minns says the secret to a long, healthy life is to simply stay active.

"If you sit home in a rocking chair in front of the television and don't get out, you will lose it," said Minns. "They say if you don't use it, you'll lose it!"

She used to belong to a line-dancing group as well, but was forced to give that up when she broke her hip two years ago though it didn't keep her out of the pool.

"I was right back in the water, I've been coming in this water for ten years," said Minns. "I think that's what keeps me walking."

Director Jada Hubbard says Minns is a favorite at the Wellness Center and a source of inspiration.

"Just to keep moving and enjoy life and to embrace life, to never just stop living," said Hubbard. "I mean, do what you can. She comes in and she gets in the pool and on the days that she doesn't feel well, you would never know it."

Minns says she still enjoys life, but the secret is to enjoy everything in moderation.

"Don't smoke. You can drink -- moderately," said Minns. "I have a little glass of wine, but you have to know how to control it."

At 99, she has no plans to slow down and has weekly dates with her friends. Minns truly lives by staying active and says if you're old, don't stop because there's no coming back!


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