Inspiration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – At the Villa Maria Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, residents are in training for an upcoming 5K.

The leader of the pack is 100-year-old Gladys Misiewicz.

“Guess how many mornings a week I go? Always,” she says of her exercise regemin.

Up at 4:30 every morning, Gladys takes part in every exercise class offered at Villa Maria and has now added training to walk her first 5K to the list.

“My life has been filled with exercise and good nourishment,” she said.

Gladys says she owes part of her longevity to growing up in the Depression without a car. “I’ve walked all of my life,” she explained.

And she doesn’t seem to be short on ways to encourage other residents to get moving.

“I go to them and I say, ‘You know, we have an exercise program available to us — it’s just downstairs. Get off the seats and come down with me,'” says Gladys.

As for how she feels to live this long, her answer was very simple: “I’m blessed and I thank God every day for my blessings.”

Gladys is among the 17 residents at the Villa Maria Retirement Community taking part in the Heels to Heal 5K on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University on Saturday.

The event raises money for the Oasis of Hope, which is a free clinic on Leonard in Grand Rapids.

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