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Flint, 92, Shares Secret of Living a Long Life

Vera Flint loves telling people that exercise is key.

She should know.

Flint has over nine decades worth of proof.

After breaking her femur in June of 2020, Flint, who turned 92 on Feb. 17th, is right back in all of her normal exercise routines.

“She’s a die-hard fitness person,” said Carol Byrd, active older adults coordinator at the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA. “She can tell you without even a blink of an eye that because she’s exercised all of her life – or most of it – when she has falling or had different things going on health wise, she’s been able to bounce back. She’s maintained her exercise schedule.”

Since moving to the area 16 years ago, Flint walks daily around Gypsy Hill Park before coming to the YMCA.

“I used to do two laps,” Flint said, “but then I got old.”

In that 16-year span, she’s walked the equivalent of a round-trip to her previous homes in both Boston and California.

“I walk by myself, because I walk slow,” Flint said, laughing. “I just love being out in the air, seeing trees blossom and all the nature stuff. I dress for the weather. The only time I don’t walk is when there’s ice. I broke all the bones on my side one year.”

After her walk, Flint will often follow up with a trip to the YMCA. Byrd, who also teaches aquatics classes at the YMCA, first met Flint in a class.

“She’s always energetic and ready to go out,” Byrd said. “She’s not one to sit around and twiddle her thumbs. She’s just an amazing lady that I’ve had the privilege of knowing.”

Flint has no plans to stop walking, visiting the Y, or preaching the virtues of physical fitness.

“Exercise, exercise, exercise,” Flint said. “You’ll live a long time.”

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