These are the women who inspire me to continue on with my challenge to be fit and eat well.
They are over 60 and are proof that the mid-life spread is mainly down to lifestyle for many of us. With some effort, probably a lot of effort, we can remain strong and not saggy, fit in body.
Working with the elderly has been a great example of just what happens when we don’t use our muscles and build strength.
Anyway, here are some fit, fabulous and over 60 people that I think are amazing – look them up and decide for yourself.
Johanna Quaas, age 92, Germany
The world’s oldest gymnast- her parallel bars routine video can be found on YouTube. According to Wikipedia Johanna still competes.
Lew Hollander, age 87, USA
Lew has completed the Ironman competition more than 58 times and is in his 80s. He is always challenging himself to be the best that he can be,
Ernestine Shepherd, age 82, USA
Starting her fitness journey at age 56 with her sister Ernestine at one point became the oldest competitive female bodybuilder.
Jane Fonda, age 80, USA
Known for her 80s fitness routines Jane promotes what she calls “the third age” and believes exercise is great for the brain and the body – which many of us know.
Edwina Brockesly, age 75, UK
Another woman who started her fitness journey in her 50s to get over the death of her husband. She has completed six Ironmans and seven marathons to date.
Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr, age 70, USA
Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is a 70-year-old natural bodybuilder who started working out when he was 44 years old. His physique and strength are amazing.
Wendy Ida, age 64, USA
Wendy started her fitness regime in her early 40s and works as a personal trainer.
There are many other women of course. Between the ages of 40-50 many women are recognising the importance of staying strong. It’s such an exciting time in the world of health and I look forward to learning more and keeping myself in as great condition as I can.