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72-Year-Old Ernestine Shepard Lifts Weights and Runs 80 Miles a Day

Don't Call Her Granny!

Ernestine Sheperd is 72 years old. She runs 80 miles a week, lifts weights every day, and is a certified trainer. Among her many accolades is a first place showing in a body building competition. Talk about inspiration.

I was floored watching this video of Ernestine that Kristen — a FitSugar reader — sent my way. In her email, Kristen wrote that Ernestine has become a source of inspiration to her, and I totally agree. This older woman is lively, full of health and vitality, and looks amazing. She is also living proof that a healthy lifestyle takes years off your life. And did you see Ernestine's nails? Amazing.

If you have a story, tip, or video to share, I'd love to hear from you. Send me an email or post it to our FitSugar Community. I know our Get Fit For 2010 challenge participants will love the inspiration!

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dj-smellsogood dj-smellsogood 5 years
think she is sexy then check out this guy!!! http://youtu.be/Vr8Ib6OWv-E
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I'm 18 and I can't imagine five miles a week let alone 80!! She makes me wanna go jog!
canuckgirl007 canuckgirl007 7 years
According to this blog http://www.blackfitnessblog.com/2009/03/need-inspiration-no-excuses/ she started working out at 56! She is truly an inspiration
glofriend glofriend 7 years
She is my hero! I will see her when I workout at the gym. i can only hope to look half as good!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Holy cow! She definitely puts rest to the myth that running a lot will "make you need new knees when you're 50". She looks fantastic! I hope I'm one of those grannies that's in awesome shape when I get older, too. Very inspiring!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 7 years
Holy cow. Stunning.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
Wowww! Amazing and absolutely inspiring!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I would like to look like her when I get to her age! She look amazing!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Very cool ! Rock on Ernestine, rock on !
julea julea 7 years
This is SO AWESOME. I love her. Jealous of her ability to run, too....I don't think I'll ever run that much. Not only her body looks awesome-- better than mine, and I'm 20!-- but did you see her SKIN? beautiful. She obviously eats very healthily to boot. She looks at LEAST 25 years younger than she is. Go Ernestine! ....I'm going to the gym now. lol
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
She runs 80 miles a week and she's in her 70s?? That's amazing!
pamela87 pamela87 7 years
WOW!! I am so impressed, what a beautiful woman inside and out!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I love seeing older adults who are crazy fit. It's amazing. I hope she is able to keep being so fit for years to come.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
That body... wow! Suddenly my 25 miles per week seems like nothing and I'm a fraction of her age. If this isn't inspiration...nothing is.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Holy crap! And, I feel like a slacker.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Oh my God! She's amazing!!
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