While many people her age are wondering what to do or if they want to get out of bed or not early in the morning, Karen Lorenzen spends her early daytime hours working out.
Several years ago, she noticed a flyer about exercise classes offered at Studio 34 Fitness in Sleepy Eye and decided to join.
Studio 34 owner Brent Mielke said Lorenzen initially told him she wanted to exercise more so she could ride a horse without getting aches and pains.
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She began with balance, kick boxing and spin (stationary bicycle) and treadmill workouts 30 minutes a day Monday through Friday.
Lorenzen said she ice skates daily in New Ulm.
Last August, she placed first in the Masters III division at the Sleepy Eye Corn Day 5k run.
Last December, Lorenzen, her twin sister and a couple of friends traveled to New York City and skated at Rockefeller Center, an activity she said is on her bucket list.
Other bucket list items she has done include riding a donkey in the Grand Canyon and horseback riding on South Padre Island in south Texas.
She enjoys the social aspects of exercise.
"I've made so many good friends working out with Brett and Jan Mielke and others at Studio 34. It really energizes me. I lost 30 pounds of fat, cut my body fat to 16 percent, lost eight inches from my waist," Lorenzen said.
Mielke said it's been a joy working out with her.
"She's very supportive of everyone, has a great attitude and has a smile on her face each day," Mielke added.
Weight lifting can promote a sense of energy, vigor and well-being in senior citizens, improving their outlook on life, according to Intelligent Life on the web.
Exercise can counter weight gain, obesity, joint problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and is considered a safe, efficient way to regain muscle strength.
Warm-up exercises include walking, swimming and slow work up before weightlifting.
Senior weightlifting tips include performing exercises in sets with at least 10-15 repetitions, taking adequate rest between sets, adding weight only when you feel completely sure about it, being patient and working out with friends with a trainer nearby.