There’s a common misconception that the older we get the more we should slow down to prevent injury and accidents. But nothing could be further from the truth.
To stay healthy, the World Health Organization recommends doing 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five days a week for the prevention of heart disease, osteoarthritis, and hypertension as well as improving balance and coordination.
In addition to lowering one’s risk of a number of health conditions, regular exercise can help seniors remain independent longer and decreases the likelihood that they’ll end up in the hospital or in a nursing home. Mobility, posture and strength are typically the biggest fitness goals for seniors, experts say.
As our general life expectancy increases, we need to be more and more cognizant of the importance of using fitness as a means of maintaining a better quality of life.
If you take a quick scroll through Instagram, SnapChat or YouTube you might be deluded into thinking that the only people that are ‘living their best lives’ or are widely revered are millennials or the Gen Z kids. But if you take a bit of a closer you look, you’ll inevitably find another cohort of influencers–women in their 50’s, 60, 70’s and even 80’s. These women are single-handedly redefining what it means to be fit and fabulous at any age.
So without further ado… Here is a list of some fit and fabulous women inspiring other women on social media and beyond:
1. Ernestine Shepherd
An 82 year old grandma turned fitness competitor, trainer and fitness instructor, Ernestine Shepherd serves as an inspiration to many women of all ages. To see more of her, check out her feed: https://www.instagram.com/shepherdernestine/?hl=en
2. Grece Ghanem
This Montreal-based microbiologist turned personal trainer turned lifestyle influencer has amassed over 127,000 followers. She believes aging is liberating and that youthfulness is a state of mind. Check out her IG here: https://www.instagram.com/greceghanem/
3. Sherry Ott
Whether kayaking through Greenland or strolling through a wildflower festival in Colorado, Sherry Ott often chronicles her outdoor fitness adventures for her 12,000 followers here: https://www.instagram.com/ottsworld/
4. Janie Medley
At 60, Janie Medley believes that she’s the best version of herself, because she prioritizes taking care of herself first—and doesn’t feel guilty about it. Which is the very definition of self care. You can follow her here: https://www.instagram.com/medleystyle/
5. Carla Kemp
If you look at Carla Kemp’s feed, you’ll find her doing a wide variety of healthy activities such as paddle boarding or working out at the gym. ‘Some people think their life is ending as they get older, she says. ‘Mine has only just begun!’ Check out her IG page here: https://www.instagram.com/fabnfitbycarla/