This Amazing Female Body Builder Will Make You
Every morning, Ernestine Shepherd wakes up at 3 a.m. and spends
her days running, lifting weights and working out. She eats ten scrambled egg
whites along with a handful of walnuts and drinks sixteen ounces of water. She
also works as a certified personal trainer at her gym. So what makes Ernestine
so special? She’s 79 years old!
With her flat stomach, toned arms and
excellent health, you’d never guess that this female bodybuilder is in her late
70s. Bodybuilding champion Ernestine
Shepherd shows us that “being out of shape” as we age truly is merely an
option — NOT a mandate! She is a role model not just for senior women everywhere, but for every one of us as we embrace life
as Arizona retirees.
One of the most incredible parts of
Shepherd’s journey to becoming a champion body builder is that she didn’t even
start working out until she was 56! Once declared the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of
World Records in 2010, Shepherd encourages exercise in any shape or form
for people of all ages, especially older
adults. “Not everybody wants to be a
bodybuilder. Not everybody wants to be a runner,” she explains. “But find what you like to do. I say to my
senior ladies — and the men — ‘don’t forget: Age is nothing but a number and
you can get fit.’”
have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying
physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the
health of seniors who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.
Feeling better than she did at 40,
Shepherd shows us that age is just a number and that an active and healthy
lifestyle is obtainable at any age. If you’d like more information about
staying physical fit in retirement or
if you’re looking for an active adult
community in Arizona with a fitness center to meet your needs, please
contact Sharon Mason today!
Arizona Retirement Expert,
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