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Age Is Nothing But A Number

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 22, 2016
Age Is Nothing But A Number


“Age is nothing but a number, and you can get fit.”

Those are the inspirational words of Ernestine Shepherd, one of the world’s oldest female body builders. The now 80-year-old fitness trainer, model, competitive body builder, and new author has not always lived a life dedicated to fitness, and that’s a part of her motivating message.

Shepherd believes you can start at any age – she began exercising at the age of 56 with her sister, and Shepherd instantly knew she’d found her calling. After the passing of her late sister, she faced a roadblock.  Ultimately overcoming the obstacle, she continued to fulfill the fitness goals she created with her sister and developed a following and legacy admired by all people of all ages.

“I have to practice what I preach. I can’t tell anyone to do anything if I’m not doing it,” she says in an interview with Prevention Magazine.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Ernestine Shepard
Photo Credit: Facebook/Ernestine Shepherd

Born June 16, 1936, Shepherd recently celebrated her 80th birthday and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Through an encouraging Facebook post, she declared her continued determination, dedication, and discipline to be fit.

The post garnered 19,000 likes, but that does not sum up the amount of people she’s touched with her story. After being named the oldest female body builder by the Guinness Book of World Records in both 2010 and 2011, Shepherd began to publicly share her story of perseverance and tenacity.

Now Ernestine exercises and eats right every day. “I do the same thing day in and day out. I eat the same way day in and day out,” she told Prevention Magazine.

Her daily breakfast consists of ten egg whites scrambled, 16 ounces of water, and a handful of walnuts before she heads out for her ten-mile run. Shepherd also drinks four bottles of liquid egg whites a day.

Despite the health issues she faced during the process of digesting her sister’s death, Ernestine is at her best today.

“No high blood pressure medicine. No medicine for panic attacks. No medicine for acid reflux. And by me out running and walking, the depression and anxiety just left me.”

Photo Credit: Facebook/Ernestine Shepard
Photo Credit: Facebook/Ernestine Shepherd

The powerful, Ernestine Shepherd shares the secrets to her health and well-being in the book The “Ageless” Journey of Ernestine Shepherd.

Watch Prevention Magazine’s touching video to witness a day in the life of this incredibly inspiring woman.

Cover/Feature Photo Credit: Facebook/Ernestine Shepherd