Meet the 102-Year-Old Swimming Instructor Who Refuses to Retire

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Regardless of the doctor you consult, the consensus is that engaging in physical activity later in life can effectively stave off or postpone various health issues. This is why they recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or two days of muscle-strengthening activities. The story of Peggy Konzack, a 102-year-old resident of Oregon, serves as a powerful inspiration for those who often find excuses to avoid physical activity.

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Peggy unexpectedly began her journey as a swimming instructor when, years ago, a friend asked her to teach her infant to swim during her time at the YMCA. Without hesitation, Peggy agreed and continued to immerse herself in teaching kids aged 6 months to 3 years. To her, this isn’t work but rather a joyful and playful experience.

One of her students, Jennifer Reid, brings her deaf daughter to Peggy’s swimming lessons. Jennifer is amazed at the positive impact Peggy has had on her child, attributing it to Peggy’s integration of gestures and simple signs. After each lesson, Peggy even leads her students in the hokey pokey dance, enhancing their enthusiasm. This lively approach has allowed her to profoundly influence every child she teaches.

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Peggy’s motivation is evident as she embraces each day, still driving herself to the YMCA for her lessons. Despite considering retirement, the bond she shares with her students and the positive influence she has on them prevents her from stepping back.

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Her dedication to teaching extends to her own physical activity – on days when she instructs, she completes 10-12 laps in the swimming pool. She attributes her longevity to staying active and maintaining a healthy diet.



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