Age is nothing but a number, and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, is living proof of that. Shepherd has just recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and she is still going strong and playing a prominent role in the health and fitness community.
If you have seen the meme which shows two elderly ladies, one constrained to a wheelchair, probably takings lots of medications, and the other happy, standing, and fit, then you should know that it features Ernestine Shepherd, who is a woman different from most elders.
Shepherd was born in Baltimore in the year 1936, but didn’t start exercising until more than half a century later at the age of 56. In fact, as a young girl, she was described as someone who had very little interest in any sort of sport of athletic activity at all.
After her sister unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurysm, Sheperd quit going to the gym, developed hypertension and became depressed. She had to do something to improve her life, and fast!
Nowadays, she has completely different, healthy daily routines. She wakes up at 3 am, follows a calorie-controlled diet of boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables, and lots of water, and runs about 80 miles (130km) per week.
What’s her secret? She believes in herself and is her best fan even when there’s no one to make her go on.