Sunday, March 27, 2011

You Can Be Fit over FIFTY!

There are many inspirational individuals who have healthy bodies to motivate all of us. I suppose there aren't as many publicized photos of people 50 and older who have superfit bodies, but they ARE out there.

We are exposed to many of the most attractive 'bodies 50 and over' by the media, particularly magazines. Recently, Valerie Bertinelli lost 50 pounds, celebrated her 50th birthday and got married. She looks great and seems happier than ever.

Christie Brinkley is over 50 (actually closer to 60), as fit as ever AND claims not to have had plastic surgery. She attributes her healthy, good looks to great genes, an active lifestyle and a wonderful dermatologist. Whatever she is doing, it's working.

And then there are the men. It is a well known fact that men tend to lose weight quicker than women. They also have more muscle and usually know a lot about toning those muscles. I remember being shocked when I saw 62 year old Ricardo Montalban in the movie: Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn. Montalban was a long way from his days on Fantasy Island. He had an amazingly buff chest and physique. People challenged his appearance, but movie producers confirmed that he did NOT wear a prosthetic chest. Montalban was simply in great physical shape for his age and had the chest to prove it.

The days of accepting that we are too old to be in great physical shape are gone. It is time to start looking ahead so that we can adapt healthy lifestyles for tomorrow.

The average life expectancy today is between 75 and 80 years of age. Additionally, it is thought that 1 out of every 5 people may live to be over 100 years of age. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives!

Whether you are 20-30-50 or 70, what you do today decides how you will live tomorrow.


  1. Ever since I was a teenager, I've wanted to look like Christie Brinkley. However, even though I know that will never happen, I do want to make the most of my appearance, health, and shape. I had a total hysterectomy at age 45 and slowly, the pounds started sticking like never before. I was always thin - really thin - and now I've got all this ugly weight around my hips, bottom, stomach, and thighs.

    I hate to exercise, but for the last 2 weeks, I have been exercising a little every morning and trying to get into a routine. I've lost a couple of pounds and need to stay on this road to better health.

    I've noticed I feel better, have more energy, and I'm sleeping better too. How about you?!!

    Over at "Raisin Toast"

  2. Keep at it, Susan! I too, was thin for most of my life and never believed I would ever gain the weight I have in recent years.
    This recent journey makes me realize how much I want to have my old body back. I hope you get yours back soon too!