This 73-Year-Old Woman Is Inspiring People With Her Fitness Journey

It’s never too late to start your fitness journey — and all the proof you need is 73-year-old Joan MacDonald.

At the age of 70, doctors told this Ontario, Canada resident that she had to make big lifestyle changes for the sake of her health. She was on multiple medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux, and she was given a choice: take even higher doses, or develop healthier habits.

Fox News reports that, at the time, she weighed 198 pounds and wore a dress size 22.

“I knew I had to do something different,” MacDonald told Shape. “I had watched my mom go through the same thing, taking medication after medication, and I didn’t want that life for myself.”

So MacDonald made some changes, with the help of her daughter Michelle, a yogi, competitive powerlifter and professional chef. She started by joining Michelle’s online workout program, with a focus on building strength and endurance. She had to get an iPhone and learn how to use apps for this part. Then she began going on walks for cardio, practicing yoga and lifting weights.

To date, she’s lost 62 pounds and no longer takes any medication. MacDonald’s transformation is incredible, as you can see on her Instagram account @trainwithjoan. (FYI, she’s something of a star on Insta, with 97.1K followers and counting.)

“I never let people take photos of me because I couldn’t accept where I was and yet, I also couldn’t seem to change,” she says in the post of how difficult it was for her to start working on her fitness levels. “It was a very tough place to be, and I stayed in that place for a very long time.”

Over the last three years, MacDonald has built up to her current fitness routine, which includes at least five workouts per week (she goes to the gym first thing in the morning and her session takes around two hours, but she explained that this is because she’s “very slow”). Two of her daily workouts focus on cardio — typically the stationary bike or the rower — and the other three include a mix of cardio and strength training, training different muscle groups each day.

Check out these arms, on this Instagram image. She’s ripped!

As well as exercising, MacDonald makes sure she sticks to healthy meals — without depriving herself of anything she likes. She says she eats five small meals a day.

“I think one of the main reasons I’ve been able to be so successful with my weight loss is that I follow a macro-based meal plan and then I get to chose all of my favorite ingredients to build my meals,” she said on a recent Instagram post.

She also shared some of her favorite foods in the post, with a picture showing off her daughter’s homemade “Hattie Cakes.” She sometimes includes food images and recipes on her Instagram, too.

It’s common to hear people who’ve made fitness a big part of their life talk about the “journey” they’ve been on, and that’s certainly the case for MacDonald. Although her original goal was to lose as much weight as possible, her priority now is to feel strong and powerful, and she likes to set herself specific goals to challenge herself. And some of those goals are seriously tough.

“I’ve been working on doing unassisted pull-ups,” she told Shape. “I was actually able to do a few just the other day, but I’d like to be able to do it like all the young ‘uns. That’s my goal.”

The senior’s advice for older women who want to get into fitness — and it applies to men too — is simple: don’t let your age hold you back. “We are strong capable of change, but we’re often viewed as fragile,” she said in Shape. “I hope that more women my age embrace being pushed and appreciate that someone is interested in seeing you try harder. Even though you can’t turn back the clock, you can wind it up again.”

That’s great advice — whatever age you are!

For years, the beauty blogging scene has been dominated by 20-something women in their bedrooms sharing their favourite products and techniques. Now, a new crop of beauty bloggers in their 60s and 70s are getting behind their laptop cameras to share the beauty hacks that work for them. Fighting the stereotypes of being seen as “old ladies”, they’re demanding the attention that the beauty industry has denied them.

Tricia Cusden, 70, London

I decided to take on the beauty industry as a political act. It might sound grandiose but I’ve always loved make-up and in my 60s I felt angry with the industry and wanted to disrupt it. Casual ageism is rife. I was gobsmacked when Dior announced that Cara Delevingne was going to be the face of their new anti-ageing products. She’s 25. The outrage should have been loud but hardly anyone batted an eyelid. The industry language of “anti-ageing” is profoundly insulting. Adding that phrase to any product tells me, as a woman who is 70, that I must do everything in my power to stop this natural process.

I’ve written a beauty blog every week since 2013 and I must have made 50 videos. For me, beauty vlogging is an extension of what I used to do in my career as a management trainer, standing in front of groups of people talking to them. My viewers feel like I’m a friend, and leave lots of feedback. I love the ease and immediacy that you get with social media.

I started getting involved in beauty in my 60s when I noticed a lot of changes happening to my face. Take my eyes. Because bones shrink as you age, my eye sockets got deeper; the skin on my eyelids became crêpe-y; and my eyebrows became less prominent. I kept trying different products to adapt to the changes and spent money on good stuff because I thought it would be better, but so much turned out to be a waste. At no point was anyone from the beauty industry telling me what would work better on my older skin. They don’t want to show their products on a face that’s less than perfect.

I realised that other women must be facing the same problems, so I decided to find a cosmetics manufacturer to produce a range for me. My idea was to put it all under one umbrella and say, “If you’re over 55, post-menopausal, this will work better on your older face.” With my two daughters, we launched Look Fabulous Forever at the end of 2013.

My most popular video is about eye and lip make-up for older women, and it has had more than 2m views. The products and techniques younger bloggers use just don’t work the same for older women. The beauty industry, like the fashion industry, designs for the perfect form – young skin. With older skin, you’ve got a loss of melanin that makes features fade, skin becomes dryer and make-up bleeds and doesn’t last as long. There’s a fashion at the moment for a feline flick with a dark, heavy line. If you tried a strong, straight line using a gel eyeliner on my eyelids, it would look ragged and messy.

But as older women, we don’t have to follow what the young ones are doing. In my videos and with my products I suggest not trying to get a perfect black line. Instead, use a dark powder eyeshadow and push it into the base of the eyelashes with a tiny wedge brush, making it slightly smudgy. It looks lovely and is a real solution to the problem.

Wearing make-up, for me, is about feeling able to face the day, not about looking younger. I like to wear nice clothes, do my hair, put my face on and feel the very best version of me that I can create. I love the transformation that make-up creates and I’m not ashamed to say it.

Living the Life More Fabulous, by Tricia Cusden, is published by Orion Spring; lookfabulousforever.com

Makrye Park, 72, Yong-In, South Korea

Makrye Park (right): ‘People have stereotypes of how “old people” should do their make-up, but my make-up is far from that.’

Make-up is so much better quality and more fun than it used to be. When I was young, we didn’t have highlighters, bronzers and contouring. There was just lipstick and powder. I love to mix my make-up and browse the beauty shops that young people go to. I hate feeling forced to be old-lady like.

A year ago, my granddaughter started to worry about me getting dementia because most of my older friends had started to. She wanted to keep me busy. So she quit her job and took me to Australia and we started making videos and posting them on YouTube as korea_grandma.

The most popular videos have been my make-up tutorials. The first one was me getting ready for a visit to the dentist. I used a cheap lipstick that cost 1,000 won (about 70p) and a very old technique to curl my eyelashes where you heat a toothpick with a lighter and press it against the hairs. It’s very different to what young women do these days. The video has had more than 2m views and it made me well known online in Korea.

In Korea, old women perm their hair, wear old people’s clothes and limit make-up to the basics. But it’s other old people that demand we stay that way, not young people.

Because of YouTube, my life has turned around completely. I’ve seen so much of the world, been kayaking, eaten the most expensive food in Korea. Unfortunately my friends don’t even know how to get on YouTube so they don’t watch my videos. I like to watch younger people’s YouTube channels and get inspired. Sometimes I miss my younger days. I’ve continued making the videos because they make me happy. It’s just me being myself and having fun. People have stereotypes of how “old people” should do their make-up, but my make-up is far from that. And what I’m doing is giving other women courage to do what they want.
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Melissa Gilbert, 63, Tennessee

Back in 2013, I was watching some younger people’s vlogs on YouTube and when they talked about beauty I thought, “Well, gosh, I’ve been wearing make-up for 50 years, I’ve got a lot of experience, too. I wonder if I could do that.” I sat down in my son’s old bedroom and filmed myself. Then I researched how to upload a video. Two people watched it. But I didn’t care – I just kept going. I’ve now got 70,000 subscribers to Melissa55.

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I didn’t necessarily feel I had anything to offer anyone else. I’m an average person. Like so many other women in America, I got married, raised children, haven’t had a big career – but I did want to show that you can still feel good about yourself when you’re elderly. My generation’s not ageing like our mothers did – we wear jeans with holes in them and keep our hair long or go grey if we want.

Over the last few years, more people have been searching online for videos of women over 50 doing make-up, and that’s really helped me and other older beauty vloggers to grow. My top make-up tip is to visit a beauty store and have a free makeover to find the right foundation for your skin type – it’s the base for everything else. I use a Laura Mercier oil-free one that gives me a glow. I’ve stopped applying powder altogether. For cleaning my face, I find regular terry washcloths too harsh, so I knit my own for the perfect texture. Skincare’s always been important to me and since my 30s I’ve used Retin A from my dermatologist.

I’m friends with other older vloggers and we all buy the newest technology. We’ve learned how to edit nicely, add music, set up lighting. It takes time to do it well. We do get comments like, “You old hag, why don’t you get off YouTube?” But we continue to fight to be heard.

It’s hard being an older woman in society in general. Much of our lives we did our duty and mattered to our children and it can be a challenge to feel relevant. Advertisers don’t recognise us. When we look at the TV or at models, we don’t recognise those girls. It bothered me when Estée Lauder used Kendall Jenner to advertise wrinkle cream when she doesn’t have a wrinkle on her.

Most of my audience is women my age. I’ve become close friends with many of them and that kinship is part of the reason I make the videos. There’s a group of us that met online and talk every day. We lift and support each other, whether it’s problems with kids or health or husbands, or just feelings about getting older. It means everything to me.

My children don’t really like me doing beauty vlogging but they’ve learned to accept it. If you have the right attitude about it, this is a time in your life where you feel a lot of freedom to try new things.
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Nichole Grice, 55, North Carolina

I started my YouTube channel because I couldn’t find many people reviewing wigs for hair loss. Lots of younger women were reviewing wigs for fashion, but I didn’t see anyone else going through all the heartache and pain of losing their hair and turning to wigs as a necessity. When I started, my two children were like, “Mum, are you really going to be on YouTube with your bald head and no make-up?” I thought, “Yes, because you don’t see it and we need to be represented.” It shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of. It happens. People lose their hair, especially women of colour.

My hair loss began in my late 30s. Then when my son went through chemotherapy aged 15 for cancer, I cut my hair off too, so that he could feel more comfortable. With the stress of his chemo, plus just ageing, and years of wearing weave and braids, my hair didn’t really grow back. But I decided I wanted to be an example to others that you can get through it. I received so many emails from women, men, even young children, who thanked me for being out there. Even though my channel wasn’t drawing the masses, I was helping others.

My subscribers started asking if I could do make-up for bald women and older women. For example when you wear a wig, you can’t put make-up on parts of your forehead because it stops the wig sticking. You also have to think about how bright you want your make-up to be, depending on the wig’s colour and style.

My channel now focuses on beauty for older women and is called Ageless Beauty. I use the term pro-ageing rather than anti-ageing, because I’m not trying not to age. For me it’s about skin and hydration. I’ve been using Ambi Skincare every day for over 30 years and that’s kept the elasticity in my skin. When I went through the menopause I shared tips like putting powder on before foundation to help prevent make-up melting when you’re having hot flashes. Although sometimes nothing can stop it.

It takes a lot of courage to remove your hair and make-up and put yourself on YouTube to be judged and criticised. There are days when I don’t want to turn the camera on, but by the time I’ve finished the video I’m pumped up. Make-up and hair can change how you feel and get you out of a funk, and I love showing that.

Margaret Manning, 69, Zug, Switzerland

For four years, I pretended I was 59. I just didn’t want to embrace that 60-year-old milestone. I’d worked at Microsoft for a long time and it’s a young culture. While I felt vibrant, I was afraid that other people would view me differently.

Margaret Manning: ‘A lot of women in their 60s are dealing with a reinvention that spans relationships, family and work.’

Then when I was 64, I was on holiday and had a nasty fall. I was in bed for five days and it gave me time to think. I realised I’d fallen because I wasn’t connected to my body and to the real me. It was time to accept that I had to look after myself, physically and emotionally, to let the old me go. I knew there had to be other women holding back from making that leap into 60. From that bed, I launched Sixty and Me via Facebook.

It took off immediately. I work with my son and his wife and we produce content for women over 60. From listening to the community, we saw older women feeling invisible in society. People see them differently and when they look in the mirror, they see themselves differently. The beauty articles I write and videos I make address this.

I like to empower women and pull them into our shared experience. I’ll look into the camera and say, “I wouldn’t worry too much about us having wrinkles under our eyes, because that’s just what happens when we turn 60, right?” My beauty videos are about simple things. For example, I don’t use concealer to erase the lines around my eyes any more – what’s the point? It can’t do it. But I do use it to mask shadows when I haven’t had enough sleep. If you apply it quite low, almost above your cheekbone, it reflects back up to your eye and hides the darkness.

A lot of women in their 60s are dealing with a reinvention that spans relationships, family and work. In my late 50s I went through a divorce and in the 2008 financial crash I lost my house and savings. Many older women are also very creative. My approach to make-up is: “Just try it.” You see the years ticking and you know there’s less ahead than there is behind, and this is a time to really express your true nature. When people say they want to age gracefully, I think, “How about magnificently? Or creatively?” Pink hair. That’s what I’m trying next.

Now when people ask me how old I am and I say almost 70, they stop and say, “Oh wow, you don’t look it.” Remembering Gloria Steinem’s quote, I reply, “This is what 70 looks like.”
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This Inspiring 83-Year-Old Woman Just Finished Her 1,200th Workout at a Local Gym

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Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of hearing the story of Jessica Slaughter, an 86-year-old St. Louis native who lost a whopping 120 pounds after starting a fitness routine that couldn’t be simpler. And we’re continuing to be inspired by real-life stories of how fitness can impact us at any age: as is the case for one California resident, who recently just completed her 1,200th workout session at a local Curves gym since she signed up for a membership… at the age of 83.

Pat Shebert is inspiring others in Natomas, California, with her commitment to exercise and sticking to a workout routine despite her age—but Shebert says her inspiration actually came from her best friend.

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“I have to give that credit to someone else who got me off the couch and into the gym,” Shebert told local NBC affiliate KCRA 3. That person is Mary Petrow, 77, who began recruiting other friends to work out with her at a Curves gym in Natomas, just outside of Sacramento.

While Shebert has experienced serious health issues before, including a cardiovascular scare when she experienced a blockage in a primary artery, she didn’t consider heading to the gym until Petrow pushed her to do so.

Shebert says a majority of her health issues have since improved after she adopted a regular fitness routine—including the quality and quantity of her sleep. But most importantly? She feels more confident than ever.

“You are just more comfortable in your own skin,” Shebert says on camera, smack in the middle of the Curves gym.

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Petrow is also extremely inspiring: she’s completed 800 workout since joining Curves, and tells KRCA 3 that she’s never had more energy than now. “I’ve got muscles, my body fat is perfect. And it’s a lot of fun!”

Kim Gardner is the owner of the Natomas Curves franchise, and she says that there’s even more clients like Shebert and Petrow. Women in their 70s and 80s, she says, often complete 30-minute workouts consisting of simple cardio and basic strength training. They manage to burn an average of 300 calories each time they come in.

“I’ve seen miracles happen in here,” Gardner says, sharing that some women start their fitness journey with canes—and then start coming in without them.

These women have inspired those in Natomas, and they’re a great example of how physical activity—even if it’s just 30 minutes or less—can be crucial to overall health, especially as we age.

The Decade-by-Decade Guide to Exercise

There’s a big difference between how we should work out in our 20s and how we should work out when…we’re no longer 20. Experts tell Carol Mithers how to find the perfect fit at any age. If there’s a magic pill for staying youthful, it may be one that’s hard to swallow: exercise. Daily doses have been proven to thwart a number of aging factors—stress, obesity, heart disease, diabetes—and the longer you’re physically active, the less you’ll notice getting older. The catch is that a 50-year-old’s body is not the same as a 20-year-old’s; you can’t push it the same way you once did, nor should you if you want to keep it in working-out order. So listen to these coaches—they’re talking not just professionally but also firsthand—on how to remain fit, and proud of it, through the decades.
In Your 20s: 30 minutes of weight training followed by 30 minutes of cardio 3x a week, plus 45 to 60 minutes of straight cardio 3x a week. One day of rest.
The great thing about being in your 20s is that your body is so strong, you can get away with abusing it. The bad thing is that you often do, punishing it with late nights and bad eating habits. And you routinely fail to appreciate what you’ve got. This is the decade of anxiety—frantic exercise, fad diets, the mad pursuit of pinup perfection and self-hatred when you fail to meet it. The fitness challenge of these years: Get over it.
“I tell my young clients, ‘Forget looking like Jessica Simpson or Halle Berry, and forget weight; think health,'” says Jeanette Jenkins, a Los Angeles–based private trainer who has worked with rapper Queen Latifah and actress Taryn Manning. The mistake many 20-somethings make is simply opting for “endless cardio and crunches,” adds Vanessa Carver, a personal trainer at Pillar Performance in Encinitas, whose clients include professional ice-skaters and dancers. Lots of cardio is great, she says, especially if you mix it up so you’re really pushing the body. But it’s weight training that builds muscle definition, not to mention bone density, which will be crucial for staying active later on and preventing osteoporosis. “You’ve got to lift more than just three or five pounds,” she says. “If you can do 10 to 15 repetitions of a weight with no real effort, it’s too light. The last 4 or 5 reps should be challenging enough that you feel your muscles getting fatigued.” And put your mind into it, she says. “Lifting weights while chatting on the cell phone is a joke.”
As for killer abs, “it’s about subcutaneous fat, not how many crunches you do,” says Carver. “There’s no secret here: Eat lean meat, lean fish, vegetables, and fruits.” She suggests forgoing thousands of bouncy, quick sit-ups for focused core work, which strengthens not only the abs but also stabilization muscles and lower back. One great exercise is the “plank.” In a push-up position, balancing on your forearms and toes with legs stretched straight back, pull your belly button toward your spine and hold it tight, keeping your back flat enough for someone to eat off of. Work up to staying there for a full minute. Jenkins also pushes yoga, “which women this age are usually not very attracted to. I want them to learn to be still and to look at themselves from the inside out rather than the outside in.”
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Of all the tired fitness clichés floating around the internet, none are truer than age being just a number.

This Men’s Health UK reader, for example, transformed his body by building 3kg of muscle in a month. Inspired? Our over-50s training plan is one of our most successful projects in our history.

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As if that wasn’t enough to validate the theory, 74-year-old Heinz-Werner Bongard is living, breathing, lifting proof of how it’s never too late to build your best-ever body and that age, frankly, is irrelevant in the gym.

The German bodybuilder has amassed quite the following on Instagram already, with over 10,000 people regularly watching his lifting videos, motivational posts and more.

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We’re not surprised a jot. His has enviable horseshoe triceps, t-shirt filling arms and strength that men forty years his junior would kill for.

A wrestler and a boxer in his youth, Bongard discovered weightlifting during his military service, going on to compete in amateur strength and bodybuilding competitions while working as a delivery driver.

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By the 1990s, Bongard entered the newly-found senior championships in Germany, going on to win the German Senior Championships in the over-60s categories.

Naturally, he didn’t stop there. By the time 2016 wrapped, Bongard won the German Senior Championship in the bench press category, repping out a 95kg lift at a cool 72-years-old.

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Which caught the attention of German broadcaster RTL, who dedicated two documentaries to his enviable physique and impressive training.

At the time of writing, Bongard is able to rep 100kg on the bench press, 90kg on a shoulder press machine and boasts an enviable 50kg skullcrusher.

Bongard is a living legend, using weight training and intelligent exercise plans to help defy the myriad laws of ageing and looking good doing it.

(Related: How to become better looking as you age)

If you think you’ve left it too late to start building muscle and losing weight, then — as Bongard proves — you’re dreadfully misinformed.

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Helene Z. Miller, 93, proves you’re never too old to dance.

On Tuesday, Joana Zanin shared a video of her mother, Elizabeth, training Miller at Anytime Fitness in Pierre, South Dakota.

And it really is the cutest thing ever.

My mom trains this 93 year old and it’s the cutest thing ever. Her laugh and smile makes her young #blessed pic.twitter.com/oeRWylrLV4

— jo (@joana_zanin10) February 15, 2018

The 18-year-old told TODAY, “Just watching her joy and hearing her laughter made me appreciate the little things in life so I wanted to share that with the world!”

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Elizabeth Zanin, 46, has been working with Miller three times a week for almost two years. While training, they focus on coordination, strength and balance.

About three years ago, Miller had a health scare. Now, she lives life to the fullest.

“When I don’t go (to the gym), I’m like a different person,” she told TODAY. “It gives me something to look forward to.”

“She always comes in with the best attitude,” the elder Zanin told TODAY.

Miller describes herself as the grandmother who could go on and on about her family. She has two sons, a “wonderful” daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in her life.

And with the nonagenarian’s infectious laugh and huge smile, it’s no surprise the internet can’t get enough of the dynamic duo.

this is the best thing ever! made my day ️ https://t.co/TnicjnWRhy

— Kendall (@KendallJenner) February 15, 2018

A 93 year old is doing more exercise than me but also this is the best thing I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/qp4N3dgbOP

— Bella (@actiondaydreams) February 16, 2018

This is the best thing i have viewed all week. Shows what little music and dance cause bring to the elderly generation! My heart is so warm. https://t.co/GPTH1JpsBZ

— Sydnie Waldner (@sydnierae15) February 15, 2018

hi the internet needs way more of this https://t.co/9W2pmnIu8W

— Pouty Girl (@CorinnaKopf) February 15, 2018

Zanin hopes the video will encourage more older people to hit the gym. She explained that she often sees the elderly give up on trying to take care of themselves, but she wants them to know that “the best thing you can do is exercise.” Zanin also wants to launch a program that offers free gym memberships to older people who are unable to afford them on their own.

She also owns a dance studio in town named Pierre Dance Academy, where she teaches students from age 2 through adulthood all types of dance. One of the programs she is particularly proud of is the studio’s scholarship program. She told TODAY that she tries to provide scholarships to dedicated children in the area who may not otherwise have the financial means to take dance lessons.

Miller teased that there might be another video coming soon (and this one could even have her standing up to dance!), but when she’s not working out, she spends her days singing in the church choir, playing bridge or practicing calligraphy.

Indeed, Miller seems to be ticking off all the right boxes when it comes to longevity: exercising, keeping busy with numerous extracurricular activities and staying connected with others.

But she has a simpler outlook: “I’m just really lucky.”

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‘Playboy’ Model Sentenced Over Body-Shaming Woman At Gym

Model Dani Mathers listens as prosecutor Chadd Kim speaks at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. Mathers pleaded no contest to invading a woman’s privacy in a gym. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Model Dani Mathers listens as prosecutor Chadd Kim speaks at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. Mathers pleaded no contest to invading a woman’s privacy in a gym.

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Model Dani Mathers, whose haughty posting of a photo of a naked woman at her gym sparked outrage last summer, will be punished by spending a month removing graffiti in Los Angeles. Mathers pleaded no contest to a charge of invading the 70-year-old woman’s privacy.

“The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said, “not only to daughters and mothers, but also to sons and fathers, members of the LGBTQ community, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled. The message today is clear: Body shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles.”

Mathers, 30, was Playboy’s 2015 Playmate of the Year. She was banned by the LA Fitness health club chain for surreptitiously taking a photo of a woman in a shower area and publishing it along with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

When it announced the ban, LA Fitness called Mathers’ behavior “appalling.” Saying it had revoked her membership, the company added, “It’s not just our rule, it’s common decency.”

In the fallout that ensued, the model lost her job at Los Angeles radio station KLOS, where she was a contributor. In November, the criminal charge was filed, leaving Mathers facing a potential six-month jail term.

As negative responses poured in at the time of the initial posting, Mathers sought to apologize.

“That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. … I know that body-shaming is wrong,” she said, as member station KPCC reported. “That is not the type of person I am.”

In February, Mathers had asked for a diversion in her case so she could avoid a criminal record and receive a light or suspended sentence. But as The Wrap reported, Feuer’s office said she “does not qualify nor merit such leniency.”

On Monday, California’s Senate approved an invasion of privacy bill that would stiffen the punishment for those convicted of the crime, allowing a judge to impose a fine of up to $1,000. In addition, courts would be required to seek restitution for victims’ costs related to removing images from the public sphere.

100-year-old Kingston woman proves to gym that age is just a number

A Kingston woman is exemplifying the saying “age is but a number.”

Since turning 100 years old, Alice Renaud has not missed a gym session and is confident that she is getting stronger with age.

“When I was younger, I had a bad leg, but since I started exercising at the YMCA here in Kingston, I have strengthened my lower body,” said Renaud.

Renaud spent most of her life in Windsor, Ont., before moving to Kingston four years ago to be closer to her son. Since then, she has spent each Monday at the YMCA in Kingston’s west end, participating in an hour-long exercise class run by Jane Martin.

“Alice is an inspiration to us all. She has gained strength, is very positive and enjoys coming,” said Martin.

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“There are days when someone would come and say: ‘I didn’t feel like coming today.’ But then they see Alice and they say: ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’”

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Renaud told Global News that her secret to staying youthful is being active and surrounding herself with young people.

Even though she is approaching her 101st birthday, Renaud says it is just another day for her — but not for her family.

“It just makes you think, ‘How did I get to this age?’ And then they have a big party for me,” said Renaud.

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According to Martin, Renaud has rarely missed one of her exercise classes over the past two years, and Martin expects to see her for many more years.

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Meet the 80-year-old bodybuilder who started working out at 56

Every single morning Ernestine Shepherd wakes up at 2.30am, embarks upon a 10-mile walk and then heads to the gym at 7.30am where she continues to work out and lead exercise classes until 11.30am.

Ernestine is 80 years old.

The Baltimore native was crowned the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder in 2011 by the Guinness book of world records. She has washboard abs, impressive biceps and lives on three to four hours sleep ever night.

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Spurred into fitness with her sister Velvet at the age of 56, she previously had never done any exercise having been exempt from school physical education lessons as a child because of an injury she sustained in a car accident.

The Independent spoke to a snowed-in Ernie on the east coast of the US on the phone which finally connected after the theme tune from Rocky blared down the line for a minute or so.

“When you call my phone, you hear Sylvester Stallone’s music because I was inspired by his movie… and how he had to get his life back together and how he drank the egg whites and I drink egg whites now because of Rocky,” she explains.

Ernestine in training ()

In addition to her exhausting-sounding fitness routine, Ernie eats five to six small meals a day. These often include oatmeal, a handful of walnuts and crushed pineapple for breakfast, a baked white potato, chicken and asparagus as one of her lunches followed by brown rice, turkey and string beans and then sweet potato, tuna and spinach. These meals are also interspersed with 8oz glasses of liquid egg whites. After finishing her meal plans for the day, she tends to turn into bed at 10pm although “sometimes I’m up until 11” leaving just a mere three and a half hours before she wakes up and kick-starts her day all over again.

“I find that is enough sleep for me. I don’t take naps. I’m so happy to do what I do and I thank God for giving me the energy, strength and willpower to do this,” she says.

So what made a 56-year-old high school receptionist, who “loved chocolate cake and all kinds of junk food” enter the arduous world of health, fitness and competitive body-building? Surprisingly, it started with a moment many of us can relate to: Becoming anxious about the prospect of wearing a swimsuit at an upcoming event.

Unhappy with their bodies, Ernie and Velvet decided to head down to the gym to get in shape. Despite noticing an instant transformation, Ernie was not immediately hooked (“The myth was if you did weights as women you would end up looking like a man so I didn’t want to do it”) it was her sister who took to the more competitive side of fitness soon entering competitions and motivational speaking. Despite being put off by this at first, Ernie later joined forces with her sister and the two would work out together in matching workout clothes in different colours.

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2/10 Standard chocolate bar – 229 calories

Walk off: 42 minutes. Run off: 22 minutes. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

3/10 Chicken and bacon sandwich – 445 calories

Walk off: 1 hour 22 minutes. Run off: 42 minutes. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

4/10 One quarter of a large pizza (449kcal)

Walk off: 1 hour 23 minutes. Run off: 43 minutes. Getty Images

5/10 Medium mocha coffee – 290kcal calories

Walk off: 53 minutes. Run off: 28 minutes. Getty Images

6/10 Packet of crisps – 171 calories

Walk off: 31 minutes. Run off: 16 minutes. Evan-Amos/Creative Commons

7/10 Dry roasted peanuts – 50g – 296kcal

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8/10 Iced cinnamon roll – 420 calories

Walk off: 31 minutes. Run off: 16 minutes. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

9/10 One bowl of cereal – 172 calories

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10/10 Blueberry muffin – 265 calories

Walk off: 48 minutes. Run off: 25 minutes. Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin/Creative Commons

1/10 Sugary soft drink – 330ml – 138 calories

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Velvet later fell ill and suffered a brain aneurysm. Before her death, she made Ernie promise to stick to the two pledges they had made together: To continue to motivate others and land a spot in the Guinness book of world records.

Ernie plunged into depression and experienced panic attacks following her sister’s death but soon turned this into a determination to honour those pledges. In 2010, Ernie was titled the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and headed to Rome to receive her medal.

E. Wilma Conner, from Colorado, overtook Ernie as the oldest female bodybuilder a year later but rather than being bitter, Ernie continued to exude her positive outlook on life saying she instead felt good that the lady was “inspired” to start working out as that is why she and Velvet embarked upon their fitness journeys.

Devoutly religious, Ernie says she thanks God every day for her continued healthy life and claims that, while the sheer intensity of her fitness regime may seem tough, she really does enjoy doing it.

“First of all I get up every day and before I go to bed, I pray and thank God for each day he has allowed me to live. Then I thank God for the fact I have remained happy (some days I’m not happy but some way or another I get it together). I have learned to eat healthily. From my depression and panic attacks, I have learned that I need to get out and walk every day to keep myself together. Then being around people and loving them .”

She says her “wonderful family”, including her husband of sixty years, her son, her Church family and the people she teaches have “kept me going all these years”.

“I’ve had so many things to happen to me and for me. My husband and son back me up 100 per cent. Without them, I don’t know what I would do. Everything I have wanted to do, they have been right there,” she says.

Despite her achievements, she still has something to tick off on her bucket list: meeting her idol, Oprah Winfrey. She has already spoken to the television legend via Skype (which was “really exciting”) but after appearances on CNN, The Harry Connick Jnr Show and Dr Oz, she now wants to meet Winfrey face to face.

“I’m hoping that before my journey or training is done that I will get the opportunity to touch Oprah’s hand and look in her face. She is one amazing lady and I love her.”

Ernie now travels across the US giving motivational speeches and instructing workout classes while continuing to lead her own local classes which includes participants ranging in ages from 20 to 80. She is also gearing up to run more half marathons.

So what can people wanting to head to the gym and get into shape learn from Ernie?

Once you have visited a doctor to check you are healthy, she has advised starting with small steps.

“If your doctor says yes then start with a walking programme because it is very good for you. Don’t try to do 10 miles when you first start, take it slowly. Then go to a gym, start lifting light weights and have someone around who know about fitness who can guide you along safely so you don’t get injured.”

Finally, eat healthily and then drink lots of water – Ernie aims for around eight glasses per day.

Josefina Monasterio, 71, is glad she didn’t think about her age when she took up bodybuilding at age 59.

“I would have missed out on the past 12 years of fun and success,” said the former educator, competitive athlete and author, who recently returned from the NPC Southern States Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I took second place this year, and I´m not used to that. I’m used to winning!” said Monasterio, whose enthusiasm is contagious. Dr. Josefina, as she likes to be called, was inducted in the NPC Southern States Hall of Fame in 2005 and then for three years in a row starting in 2014.

Dr. Josefina has recently published a book, Vibrant at Any Age, based on her lifelong journey of self-improvement.Courtesy of: Dr. Josefina Monasterio

“Coming in second this year just encourages me to improve and get better. I must fight the belief system that implies that as you age you get worse,”she said.

The Vero Beach, Florida resident recently published a book, Vibrant at Any Age, based on her lifelong journey of self-improvement. She hopes to inspire people to achieve their goals just as she has.

“I reinvent myself every ten years, and so I started my 60s as a bodybuilder and now I begin my 70s as a writer,” she said. “I don´t impose limitations on myself. People limit themselves by age, nationality, gender, it’s very frustrating. Age is a mindset.”

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Dr. Josefina started bodybuilding at an age when most are contemplating retirement, though she was an athlete from an early age. As a child in Venezuela she took to gymnastics and later graduated with a physical education degree.

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She later obtained a Master’s in Education and later a Ph.D. in Adult Personal Development. She taught at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 16 years, while raising two daughters.

“I started bodybuilding when I met Steve Pfiester, a gym guy who knew I ran and practiced yoga. He invited me to his gym and offered to train me. I started in January and by June he took me to my first competition in Bradenton, Florida,” she said.

Dr. Josefina´s photos are proof that she dedicates long hours to taking care of her body. But she also nurtures her mind and spirit. On any given day, she gets up at 3 a.m. to read the Bible, meditate and pray. At 4.30 a.m. she´s out the door to walk three miles and run another three. This is followed by yoga and and a swim at the beach while the sun rises.

“The aging process can be slowed down by taking care of mind, body and spirit,” she said.

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While this sounds like a workout already, it does not stop there. After writing in her journal and working on her next book between 8 and 10 a.m, the vibrant Venezuelan American hits the gym for at least two hours, where she trains different muscle groups depending on the day of the week.

Dr. Josefina Monasterio is defying the age-odds through bodybuilding.Courtesy of: Dr. Josefina Monasterio

“My workout is sacred, non-negotiable. I keep a very tight schedule so I don´t lose track of time,” she says.

Her afternoons are devoted to relaxing, goal-setting, cleaning, reading and grocery shopping.

“I keep my life simple. I don´t drink or smoke, I don´t stress, I eat a balanced diet and by 8 p.m. lights are out.”

Dr. Josefina´s war on ageism has rubbed off on her two daughters, both in their early thirties. “They both take care of their bodies and minds. They´re very proud of me now and brag about me. If you give them a good foundation as a parent, know that they will always come back to their roots. I tried to remind myself of that during the difficult teen years.”

Dr. Josefina Monasterio flexes her muscles as a 70 year old bodybuilder.Courtesy of: Dr. Josefina Monasterio

To prove how strongly she feels about fighting ageism she confessed she never accepts the senior discount whenever it’s offered at stores.

“If I concede, then it means I believe in that system. It´s like being a traitor! I pay my full amount, and continue to live the way I want to, regardless of my age,” she says.

Dr. Josefina has hosted several shows, the latest being Empowerment with Dr. Josefina, a local television show in Indian River County, Florida. She also has a YouTube channel where she shares her journey of fitness and empowerment.

She says she would love to see more Latinas breaking age stereotypes. “I can´t do this alone,” she said. “I would love more people to take ownership of their body, mind and spirit. If you exercise and take care of yourself you can look and feel better than someone twice as young. My bone density and muscle mass are better now than a few years ago. And it´s because I work at it.”

When people tell her they want to look like her when they reach her age, she has a simple comeback: “Why not do it now? You need to be disciplined, like me. Some mornings I don´t want to get up. But then I think of the consequences that would have in the long run and that gets me right out of bed.”

Dr. Josefina is already preparing for her next bodybuilding competition and wondering what her next reinvention will be like.

“One of the things I´ve been thinking to myself lately is that we should never give up on ourselves. I certainly don´t. Give yourself the opportunity to fail. Don´t let fear be stronger than the excitement of being yourself and winning!”

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DETERMINED

Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd, at age 79, is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she’s ever been in her life. In March of 2010, on stage in Rome, Italy she was formally given the title of World’s Oldest Performing Female BodyBuilder (by Guinness World Records). How did Ernestine transform herself from an average middle-aged woman to bodybuilding diva?

In her youth Ernestine is said to have been a “prissy” girl with little interest in athletics or exercise of any kind. As a 56-year-old she was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and “slug” who had never worked out a day in her life. The obvious question is: What happened to transform Ernestine into a role model for the rest of us, and senior women in particular?

What happened was that the 56-year-old version of Ernestine went bathing suit shopping with her sister, Velvet. While trying on the suits, they found themselves laughing at each other. Then and there they knew it was time to get in better shape. Ernestine and her sister joined a gym and started working out together. A short time later, Velvet died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Devastated, Ernestine stopped going to the gym. After some months of mourning the loss of her sister and on the advice of a friend that her sister would have wanted her to continue what they had started, Ernestine returned to the gym with a reignited determination to get fit.

Starting slowly and building her body step by little step, Ernestine over time completely transformed not only her body, but her life, too. She has never been happier. She trains mostly senior women five days a week and “live(s) to inspire senior women to reach their physical potential.”

Personally, she likes to compete in 5K and 10K races and run marathons. She’s up at 4 A.M. to get in her 10-mile runs and puts in upwards to 80 miles a week when training for an upcoming marathon. Ernestine also strength trains four or more days a week. In 2007 (at age 71) she asked Yohnnie Shambourger (former Mr. Universe) to train her to compete as a bodybuilder. Seven months later she entered her first bodybuilding competition. In this first contest she took first place in her class at the Natural East Coast Tournament of Champions bodybuilding competition – out posing women decades younger.

Despite all the exercise, Ernestine says that she has no aches or pains whatsoever and has never been injured — not at all — in the 17 years of her new improved life. This 5-foot 5-inch, 130-pound dynamo sports 9 to 10% body fat; these single-digit percentages are usually reserved for elite-professional male athletes in their prime! She takes no medications. She loves her new life’s work, enjoys more energy than those decades younger and has never been more successful. What’s her secret? Let’s look at some of what allows Ernestine to defy “normal” aging:

  • Began slowly under the guidance of an expert personal trainer and gradually conditioned her body
  • Ernestine, realizing early on the importance of good nutrition (including sufficient protein and supplements) sought out the services of a nutritionist
  • Has the full support of her husband of 52 years, Collin, who prepares meals and makes sure the fridge is always stocked with her seven convenient small balanced daily meals
  • Makes sure she gets the rest her body needs
  • Tries to have a positive attitude about everything, views her workouts as fun and sees her work as being on a “long happy journey”
  • Knows where she wants to go and what she wants to accomplish and do
  • Believes in encouragement, inspiration and family support and lives by her mantra ” Determined — Dedicated — Disciplined To Be Fit”

Ernestine Shepherd is having the time of her life at an age when many folks only see themselves as declining and getting old. She’s in the best shape of her life by far, more successful than she’s ever been and a supreme role model to senior women every where and to the rest of us, too. She has a lot to teach us about thriving at any age — if we are but ready and open to learn.

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