“I needed to exercise for health reasons. I had diabetes and had gone blind twice," he says.
Flash forward to 2019, and Mr. Charles is a fitness class fixture, with his favorites being Silver Sneakers classes, yoga, and barre.
"After being at the Clarksville Y for almost eight years, my health has improved; I’m not on any medications now," he says, with a giggle, "That’s not too bad for an 89-year-old."
Additionally, Mr. Charles walks two miles before coming to the Y each and every day. He also still makes time to work on his farm growing corn and beans. Not bad for an 89-year-old, indeed.
He says he loves coming to the Y to see and interact with everyone, including the staff and the group ex instructors. And we certainly love seeing Mr. Charles!