So, I was jogging to the grocery store today….
Ok. It was more like a trot. And to be honest, I was’t really jogg… uhhhh… trotting to the store per se. I was actually just going across the street and went a little up the block. It really REALLY wasn’t very far, because, I was a little bit out of breath. I really need to start jogging again. But I digress.
Back to the story. I was heading to the store and as I was slowing down, this elder woman started smiling. I greeted her (in my usual Southern fashion). She smiled and said, “I wish I could run like that. I’m 72 years old and all I can do is walk.” I responded by telling her something to the effect of, “well keep walking, you’re doing GREAT! Maybe you can add a quick trot in every now-and-then…” As we parted ways, I thought about her and everyone else that feel they are too old to do something, especially as it relates to health and fitness.
Some AMAZING People
I thought about all the other elders that I’ve read about, and even met, over the years that are doing absolutely amazing things. Many of them didn’t even start out until they were in their 40s or beyond. Here are a few of them. I hope these unstoppable ladies help to inspire you to never quit, no matter what your age.
- Ms. Ida Keeling: THIS lady is truly amazing!! She is a 102 year old sprinter. That’s what I said… SPRINTER! She’s setting records as the oldest sprinter alive. The amazing thing is that she didn’t start running until she was 67 years old. If you want to know more about her story, you can read more about her here.
- Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd: Mrs. Shepherd is the record holder as the oldest female body builder at 81 years old. She didn’t start exercising until she was 56 years old. I had the opportunity to meet her during an expo in Memphis. I was totally fan-girling! She’s such a beautiful, inspiring person. Check out her website here to learn more about her.
- Sister Madonna Buder, aka “Iron Nun”: This Wonder Woman is 87 years old and has run HUNDREDS
of marathons and competed in over 45 Iron Man races. The amazing part of it is that she didn’t start training until she was 48 years old, entered her first triathelon at 52, and competed in her first Iron Man at 55. I’ve read stories where she’d forgotten her shoes and still finished races. That’s some determination! Read more here.
- Ms. Johanna Quaas: Ms. Quaas is the world’s oldest gymnast. Though she actually started gymnastics as a child, the fact that she is now 92 years old and STILL performs gymnastics routines is pretty damn amazing. Check out the video below.
The Moral of the Story Is…
… it’s NEVER to late to start and you are NOT limited by your age. There are many more story that I can share, but I think this is a great start for you. Just remember that you can do whatever you set your mind to do. Don’t let other people dictate your abilities or limit your progress in life. You can do whatEVER you wanna do!
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