Man, 97, proves exercise is beneficial at any age

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You're never too old to get benefits from exercise! (WPVI)

You're never too old to get benefits from exercise!

Just ask Doug Beavers.

He's 97-years-old!

And the World War II vet knows what strengthening, conditioning and focusing on his breathing can do.

Since last spring, he's been part of the Better Breathers workout at a local health center.

It's got cardio, weights, walking and stretching - all aimed at stronger breathing.

"He's 97, and he's in here Monday, Wednesday and Friday," said Brian Andrews, respiratory therapist.

"When I came here, I couldn't walk, I had to hold onto something just to move around. And now I can walk across the room," said Beavers.

Despite congestive heart failure, Beavers can still do what he loves best - ride horses.

He's already planning his 100th birthday celebration.

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