Burning Off The Years

Age is proving to be no barrier to a good, hard workout. Quite the opposite may be true

After a briskly paced half-hour on the treadmills at their health club, Nina Crugnola, 80, and her husband Tony, 79, are a little flushed. So before heading off for phase two of their workout--the weight machines--they take a moment to wipe away the sweat, adjust their headsets and instruct a fellow septuagenarian on how to use a hip abductor. "A year ago, I didn't think I'd ever learn how to work these machines, let alone stay on the treadmill without falling off," says Nina. "But I've had osteoporosis, he's had a blocked ventricle, and you know, this keeps everything going good."

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