Getting fit after 50: NCFL senior makes lifestyle changes

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 8:10 AM EST
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Biking up to 100 miles in one day is something Terry Martin-Back never thought he’d do in his lifetime, especially not in his 60′s. Now bike races, 5 and 10k’s, and clean eating are the things that get him out of bed in the morning, but it took a wake-up call for him to get here.

A few years ago he went in for his annual physical and was taken back by the amount of weight he had gained.

“My nurse said I was overweight and my doctor told me I was on the verge of having to onto medication for diabetes. That was the point that I figured out I needed to make a change,” said Martin-Back.

Martin-Back removed sugars and processed foods from his diet and started to become more active.

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“The first 2 1/2 miles thank god I had the bike to hold me up as I walked up the driveway. Now, I don’t think twice about getting on in writing 50 miles for 75 miles,” said Martin-Back.

He says it’s never too late to make a change and to help others do so, Martin-Back started a lifestyle and fitness course Getting Fit After 50.

“You never forget how to ride a bike, it’s just when you wait for so long to get back on it seems more difficult,” said Martin-Back.

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