As we age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find motivation for getting fit and improving our health. You may be a senior living in senior communities, residing in an assisted living center or living at home, and finding encouragement for getting healthy can be a challenge. Although we see many celebrities who advocate for more exercise and a healthy diet, none are as influential as the seniors who remained active and continued to influence us toward good health and fitness as they grew older. We hope these examples may help to inspire you.
Prior to his death at the age of 96, Jack LaLanne influenced generations of television viewers into getting more exercise and becoming more physically fit. He was dedicated to bodybuilding and was an advocate for improving physical health and nutrition for Americans.
After a successful acting career, Jane Fonda turned her love for fitness into a new career by helping others get physically fit. She has produced and starred in many popular exercise videos, and at age 76, remains physically fit and active, living the senior dream. She has also written several books on fitness and overall health.
At 74, this Air Force veteran helped to bring martial arts back into popularity with his action movies and television series. Today, Chuck Norris continues to stay fit and has opened a school for training youth in the martial arts.
Early in his career, at a time when it was not popular to do so, Richard Simmons promoted fitness to overweight individuals to help them achieve good health. He quickly gained popularity and fame for his unusual approach in making exercise more fun and enjoyable. At age 66, Simmons has multiple exercise studios and videos, which give emphasis to portion control in your diet, as well as enjoying your exercise in a supportive environment.
Trained in yoga for more than 70 years, Tao Porchon-Lynch is a master yoga instructor and at 95 years of age, is the oldest living senior on our list. Previously an actress in her youth, she’s trained yoga teachers in France, India and the U.S. for more than 45 years and remains active today.
A published food and cooking writer, Mark Bittman, 64, creates recipes that complement the level of fitness of the individual to help them get the most out of their workout.
At 66, Deepak Chopra not only advocates for traditional health and fitness, but for a more well-rounded health as well, which incorporates both mind and body, involving meditation for improving philosophical and spiritual health.
Each of these seniors have lived their lives driven toward influencing us on the importance of good health and fitness to motivate us as we age.
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