PHOTOS: Bolivian Grandmas Play Handball to Stay Fit

Indigenous Aymara grandmothers play handball in El Alto, Bolivia. These women stay healthy by remaining active. In this case, playing a group sport that is nontraditional in Bolivia.

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72-year-old Aurea Murillo prepares to make a pass during a handball match among elderly Aymara indigenous women in El Alto, Bolivia, on Feb. 4, 2015. Murillo said now that her children are grown she's dedicating time to herself and that playing handball makes her feel good.
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72-year-old Aurea Murillo prepares to make a pass during a handball match among elderly Aymara indigenous women in El Alto, Bolivia, on Feb. 11.
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Elderly Aymara indigenous women run laps during a training session before playing handball in El Alto, Bolivia, on Jan. 28, 2015. Dozens of traditional Aymara grandmothers ease many of the aches and pains of aging by practicing a sport that is decidedly nontraditional in Bolivia: team handball.
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Two women holds hands as they warm up before playing handball in El Alto, Bolivia. “There are days my knees hurt from rheumatism, but when I play it goes away,” said 77-year-old Rosa Lima, who first began doing simple exercises eight years ago, then later took up team handball. She lives alone and looks forward to playing with her friends every week.
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The grandmothers, known in the Aymara language as “Awichas," warm-up with exercises while singing a childhood song. Here, they hold on to each other as they run laps to warm up for their handball game in El Alto, Bolivia.
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“This helps us a lot, said Juana Poma, a great-grandmother of five, referring to playing handball. “Look, I’m full of life, but I’m also thinner.” 84-year-old Poma stands in the goal area during a handball game.
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The women pull sports jerseys over their long-sleeved blouses and ruffled skirts to play the handball game on Feb. 11, 2015.
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Team handball is an Olympic sport in which two teams of pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the other’s goal. These women of Bolivia play it to exercise.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"This sport makes me feel alive and that I can still run around," said 78-year-old Genara Quispe.
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Aymara indigenous women watch elderly Aymara women warm up to play handball in El Alto, Bolivia on Feb. 4, 2015. The games the grandmothers participate in are part of a program that El Alto sponsors to encourage older people to stay healthy by remaining active.
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Rosa Lima plays handball with other elderly Aymara indigenous women on Jan. 28. “There are days my knees hurt from rheumatism, but when I play it goes away,” said 77-year-old Lima, who first began doing simple exercises eight years ago, then later took up team handball. She lives alone and looks forward to playing with her friends every week.
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A doctor checks Aurea Murillo's eyes during a general health check-up after Murillo played a handball game in El Alto, Bolivia on Feb. 11, 2015. Older people practice sports, play Andean music and recall their younger years through the city sponsored health program that also provides free medical care.
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Rosa Barco, an elderly Aymara indigenous woman, removes her sneakers after playing handball with fellow seniors in El Alto, Bolivia on Jan. 28, 2015. The women, some of them great-grandmothers, arrive with their tennis shoes once a week, part of a program that the city sponsors to encourage older people to stay healthy by remaining active.
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83-year-old Josefina Tito slips a jersey over her dress as she prepares for a handball game with fellow Aymara indigenous elderly women. Tito said she's been playing handball for nine years, and that she also plays other sports with her son at home. "I'm always playing" she said.
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