Fitness Inspiration: 77-Year-Old Ernestine Shepherd In A-1 Shape

October 5, 2015

It’s always a disappointment to hear people in their 30’s and 40’s saying they’re too old to do this and that, or they’re too old for a basic, trendy look. It’s been proven time and time again that “age aint nothing but a number.” Your health and fitness, in most cases, lies in your own hands.

The phrase, “young at heart” plays an even bigger role in how we progress as we age. If you think you’re old, chances are you’re going to act old, and sadly, you’re going to feel and look old. To be young at heart doesn’t mean you have to hang out with teenagers to stay young; dress like a tramp, or be immature; it just means taking good care of yourself, and keeping a positive attitude for a more interesting and active lifestyle well throughout your senior years.

Ernestine Shepherd is a good example of being young at heart. At age 74, she’s in better shape than most people twice her junior. Her secret? Exercise. Not only does Ernestine prove that staying young is doable, she also proves that it’s never too late to get on the right track. For her, exercising didn’t even begin to occur until she was age 56.

According to her personal website (, at 56-years-old, Ernestine was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and “slug” who had never worked out a day in her life. It wasn’t until her and her sister one day decided to go shopping for bikini wear that the two realized it was time to get fit.

Starting slowly and building her body step by little step, Ernestine over time completely transformed not only her body, but her life, too. Ernestine is currently a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder, and says she could never be happier. If that’s not a boost of inspiration and motivation, what is?