Meet Ernestine Shepherd, The world's oldest female bodybuilder. I was super inspired after I saw a video of her and her bodybuilding journey being shared on Facebook. She is a living proof that fitness is for everybody, no matter what age. She quoted 'discipline, determination and good old fashioned hard work' is what is takes for her to achieve this.
In medical research, there is evidence to suggest that physically fit elderly adults experience less profound declines in cognitive performance that thier less-fit contemporaries (1). It is evident in this study done in 1988 where reaction time and its fractionated components were studied in two groups of older women who differ in their level of regular aerobic exercise. Significant group differences were found in all dependent variables indicating that in older women regular aerobic exercise is an important factor influencing the speed of their reactions to simple and discriminatory stimuli, and in the accompanying premotor time, contractile time, and speed of movement following the reaction response (2).
I am a big believer of you are what you eat and if fitness is your priority, you will work hard to get it, Check out her inspiring video below.
1: Chodzko-Zajko WJ. Physical fitness, cognitive performance, and aging. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1991 Jul;23(7):868-72. Review. PubMed PMID: 1921681.
2: Baylor AM, Spirduso WW. Systematic aerobic exercise and components of reaction time in older women. J Gerontol. 1988 Sep;43(5):P121-6. PubMed PMID: 3418038.
Dr Nicole Ng (MBBS) is a medical doctor with a passion in women's health and medical research