NEW YORK (PIX11) — Elizabeth “Nan” Smith turned 100 years young Saturday and if that’s not amazing in itself, she has been inspiring those who meet her — young and old — with her years-long dedication to exercising.
Nan joined NYSC Garden city at the age of 89 after learning about the senior-tailored fitness program Silver Sneakers from her insurance company.
She was hesitant to enroll, thinking the members would be “too old” or classes not “challenging” enough.
To her surprise, neither were true: regular exercising then new friendships began.
Nan has attended at least two classes per week since June 2008.
“This amazing woman is articulate, witty, quite a dry sense of humor, and continues to have a zest for life like no other!” a trainer of hers said.
In the last two years, Nan experienced injury and severe loss.
In December 2011, she broke her arm but with her tenacity and determination bounced back and returned to the club. This past October, she lost her 67-year old special needs daughter and was devastated.
“We all worried, but once again Nan rallied and returned to her friends at the club,” her trainer said.
“Nan is a dedicated, caring, optimistic woman, a true inspiration to all who know and love her.”