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Benefits of Exercise and Choices on Aging

It is common to see 2 people of the same age and have them look more than 10 years different. A lot of things are responsible for this including genetics, but we know one thing for sure, the person who exercise and makes good dietary and other health choices is going to look younger than the one who does not

Shepard started her fitness journey rather late in life. She was a pudgy, middle-aged woman in her mid-50's who hated what she saw in the dressing room mirror as she tried on swimsuit after swimsuit. Determined to shed some pounds, she found a workout buddy in her sister. Together the ladies started slowly getting in shape with aerobics classes, but in 1992, a year into their training, Shepherd's sister died. She vowed to continue on in her sibling's memory.


Since then, Ernestine has won two bodybuilding titles, and has run nine marathons. Her daily regimen is not for the faint of heart – she wakes up at 2:30 a.m. and reads devotions from her Bible. Her diet consists of 1,700 calories a day, mostly from boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg white drink, and she runs about 80 miles a week; she does not take supplements.


If you want to lose weight and look younger, we run classes for over 60s, from Monday to Friday. These are small groups run by our Exercise Physiologists and Physios. If you want to join, make an appointment with Matt Kent our Exercise Physiologist.


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