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100-year-old takes on Minutes in Motion challenge

HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) - Gundersen Health System is encouraging the community to get active this spring.

This week they launched their Minutes in Motion challenge. For six weeks, participants aim to perform 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Sarah Stenberg said that's no problem. She far surpasses those requirements. But Stenberg is not the average walker.

"This is what I do every day," Stenberg said.

Around breakfast, lunch and dinner, Stenberg makes her way through every hallway and every corner of Bethany Saint Joseph Corporation.

Every day she walks three to four hours, totaling about four miles. She never takes a break.

"Side street. This is my side street," Stenberg said, referencing a hallway.

Stenberg is 100 years and five months old.

"I enjoy very much doing it and I know it's for my own benefit," she said.

"When we get up and we move it's really like taking your car out for a drive. Everything really gets lubricated, your engine warms up, all that blood and circulation--everything moves around, everything gets oxygenated," said Linda Larson, Minutes in Motion Coordinator.

"We really are at our best when we're moving. And it doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to be fast," she added.

This year Stenberg is participating.

The view on her walk Monday afternoon wasn't much.

"Everybody sleeps about this time of day," Stenberg laughed. "They're great nappers."

As she puts in the miles, this 100-year-old knows she's staying healthy.

"Oh for heaven sakes, yes," she said.

Stenberg said she's even been encouraging other residents to start walking. She tells them when they start moving, they strengthen their muscles and many of their aches and pains go away.

When the weather gets warmer, she pans to walk outside around the building.

Minutes in Motion has more than 4,000 participants this year.
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