This 93-year-old has a message for us: “A beach body at 90 is no longer a dream”

4 Apr

Erika Ervin - Your Fitness Girl:

I created a strength building class format for 55 – 99 yr old Fitzees 3 years ago. Today, my classes are packed! I believe in the human mind and body! We are more capable than we think and my students at ANY age, LOVE to be pushed a little! This blog is so encouraging! EjnoyErnestine-Shepherd+74+year+old+body+builder

Ms. Ernestine…. 74 years Old!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Charles-Eugster

Charles Eugster may be 93, but he has no less spring in his step than he did as a young man. In this talk from TEDxZurich, he brings us a powerful statistic: 92% of Americans over the age of 65 have one or more chronic diseases. While many clearly cannot be avoided, Eugster points out that inactivity is to blame for many of the diseases those who have lived long lives endure.

During the golden years, people retire and tend to slow down  — and yet there is a connection between work and one’s physical and mental health. But life doesn’t need to finish after retirement, which Eugster calls “voluntary or involuntary unemployment for up to 30 years.” That’s why Eugster has taken up rowing. And weightlifting. Watch this TEDxTalk about the factors for successful aging from a formidable speaker, who urges us to “break off the shackles of convention!”

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2 Responses to “This 93-year-old has a message for us: “A beach body at 90 is no longer a dream””

  1. Tom Deaton April 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM #

    Wow this is awesome!!! If there is a will there is a way! I’m becoming more of a fitness advocate every day. A friend about my age (68) recently commented that I looked in better shape than 75% of people my age. Nice…but NOT good enough! I want to be as fit as people about half my age. I’m getting there but it is a slow process. Staying patient and persistent so I WILL reach my goal. Your blog is great!

    • Erika Ervin - Your Fitness Girl April 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM #

      You are so inspiring Tom!! I love your goal and the fact that you understand that it takes time and hard work. We need to catch up soon, Tom! 60+ fitness is not what is used to be… it’s much more and sets higher expectations for this age demographic… you are the prime example!

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