Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.

Strength training, especially for back, legs and abs, and then walking outdoors, about a half hour or sometimes five kilometers at a time, or on a treadmill. I just finished an eight-day vacation in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, where I did a 5K every day.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I’ve always enjoyed walking. And when I was in Tennessee, they launched a statewide walking program. When I moved here, I found out about (what became) the Columbus Wellness Walkers Volksmarching Club, and that’s all it took. I’ve now walked in all 50 states.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

Because I love it. And when I find something I like, I’m really driven.

How do you make time to work out?

I’m retired and can go whenever I please.

What obstacles have you overcome amid your fitness regimen?

I had bladder cancer first diagnosed in 2004. It returned in 2011 and again in 2013. I also had a small tumor removed from a lung last year. Family, faith and friends can get you through anything. My family has been out of this world. I would have to exercise in some way or another. Otherwise, I could go to pieces, I guess. I think I would become

About Carol Bussell

Age: 77

City: In Columbus since 1987.

Occupation: Retired.

Family: Three children in Tennessee and Texas. Husband Ron died in 2013.

Where you work out: Planet Fitness. Before that, Mill Race Center.

Hours per week: About six hours total, including outdoor walking, including some 5K events and gatherings.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.