Finding the motivation to work out is difficult when there are literally so many other things we could be doing, like reading about Hiddleswift or hitting happy hour. Working out isn't always pleasant, so we get it.
If you struggle to find the willpower to go running, you've probably spent time looking at mirror selfies of girls who seem fitter than you on Instagram. But if that isn't doing it for you anymore, here's your motivation to get your ass to the gym this week.
Ernestine Shepherd just turned 80 years old and is the world's oldest bodybuilder. She can probably outrun and outlift you.
That is one strong grandma.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say most people wouldn't mind being this fit and strong at 80. Shepherd posted on Facebook on her birthday, which was June 16, and said:
I'm still determined, I'm still dedicated and I'm still disciplined to be fit! I look forward to all that God has in store because I'm just getting started.
Shepherd was named the oldest female bodybuilder in 2010 and 2011 by the Guinness Book of World Records. One of her mantras is "age is just a number" and she's proof that you can change your life in a major way no matter your age.
She started working out at age 56.
Today, she wrote a Facebook post at 2:45 am right before her morning walk, which she does every day at 3 am. That's dedication to a life of fitness.
It's so amazing to see a woman like Shepherd who is proud of her age and body. She's a perfect example of how persistence and consistency are all you need to see results. It's never too late to start working toward your fitness goals... but that doesn't mean you should wait until you're 56 to start either.
The sooner you start, the sooner you'll look this good.
So if Shepherd's message doesn't motivate you to lift some weights or start eating healthier, I don't know what will. She's already inspired thousands of women of all ages to start working out, even if they've never set foot in a gym before.