It would be an understatement to say that Ernestine Shepherd is in better condition than most people.

The 81-year-old bodybuilder lives by the words “determined, dedicated and disciplined” to stay in the best health possible. Yes. You heard that right.

Ernestine Shepherd works out every day. But this was not always the case.

“Earlier in life, I really did not think too much about eating correctly nor exercising, but as time went on, my mind changed completely,” she says.

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One day she went out shopping with her sister, Mildred Blackwell. Shepherd tried on a swimsuit. She says she did not like how it fit her.

“Sun, air, diet and exercise are the best doctors, but best of all, they do not charge…

She says both women realized they were out of shape. Blackwell suggested the sisters take a fitness class to lose weight and get in shape.

So at age 56, alongside her sister, Shepherd started to exercise.

“My sister was instrumental in getting me started to lift weights and to try to become a bodybuilder.” though she passed on in 1992 suddenly of brain aneurysm.

Ernestine says the loss deepened her commitment to good health. She then invested in a personal trainer.

The former Mr. Universe Yohnnie Shambourger, he worked her and got her into shape, after training with him she did her first body building show winning her very first competition and won.

In 2010, Ernestine Shephard was named the world’s oldest female body builder by the Guinness world records.

Shepherd runs every morning. She lifts weights three times a week. She says she keeps a balanced diet of proteins and carbohydrates such as chicken and rice. She also drinks lots of water. (She eats seven small meals a day).

The proffessional model, body builder, trainer and author says that, it’s not too late to get healthy, lifetstyle change to physical activities in her later years cured her healthy conditions.

The secret behind anti aging is exercise. “Sun, air, diet and exercise are the best doctors, but best of all, they do not charge, they are for free to whomever wants to take them.

Watch ernestine being interviewed live here

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