How a 63 year old woman looks like she's 45

Gotta love the NY Post! Might as well be called NY Gossip. However, there was an article in it yesterday that caught my eye.

From the NY Post:

"Andrea Wernick, a 63-year-old executive recruiter with platinum blond locks, just slipped on a size - 0 bandage dress with the ease of teenage supermodel. Her secret? Wernick, a Type-A Manhattanite who believes that looking great is non-negotiable, works out for a minimum of seven hours a week, no matter what."

“I have a fabulous body,” says Wernick, proudly.

“I look beautiful. I look better than most 30-year-olds I see.”

Highlights from the article = not my words! I repeat, not my words.

Wernick was smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day in her 40's. She replaced her 'obsession' with working out.

Last month the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study on women and weight gain, tracking some 34,000 women in their 40s, 50s and older over the course of 15 years.

Those women who worked out for 60 minutes every day — or at least seven hours a week — managed to maintain their girlish figures, while those who lagged behind began packing on the pounds.

But is working 7 hours a week actually possible?

It depends entirely on your priorities. She believes it's absolutely worth the effort.

The study showed exactly what I’ve figured out. It’s just an hour — come on. Post-menopause, working out is vital. There are times when I’m not feeling well but I still go to the gym.

I go anyway, and maybe work at 60 percent instead of 100 percent. I don’t want to look old and I don’t want to act old. People usually assume I’m 10 or 15 years younger than I am because of it. I often outdo the 30-year-olds next to me in class.

Wondering what to do when you feel unmotivated to lose weight? Click here.

I think the point [of the study] is if you don’t work out every day throughout your middle and old age, every year you gain a couple of pounds, and before you know it you’re 30 pounds overweight. [My note: this is known as weight creep. It's not all that noticeable each month or year but after a few years it will be.]

When women say they don’t have time to work out because they have kids or work or have a life, it’s just an excuse. I work, I have kids, I have a life, too, but working out has been my priority. There really are no excuses.

I don’t know what happened to the people who are my age. They got old and fat. I think that people just give up. They get married, and they think it’s not important to keep in shape — until their husbands cheat on them. I want to stay hot.

(My words now)

While you may not like what they said, or how they said it, or agree with anything or everything these women said, I think there are a few valid points and a few very important missing ones:

1. Priorities: Whatever you make time for gets done. If something is really important to us, we're able to get it done. Naturally, less important things slide down the list. What does your list look like? Here's a question: What are your top 5 priorities? Top 3?

2. Not every workout has to be a banner workout. Woody Allen said it best. "80% of success is showing up." Just do something. Anything.

3. What this article doesn't talk about is the army of people these "real housewives" employ which isn't fair.

4. Diet is 80% of the battle. This is hugely important. In fact, it's everything. Working out for 60 minutes and burning, say, 600 calories per hour doesn't mean anything if you eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's each day on top of what you already eat.

5. It doesn't talk about the daily battles EVERYONE faces. It just talks about the results. Never compare your inside to someone else's outside. It's always a battle. It's always work. (Learn how to stay consistent with your diet and exercise.)

6. It's never too late to start. Ever!

7. Health and fitness is a huge priority to these women, so they don't feel bad investing in it.

Interesting aside! I had the crazy idea of trying to talk with one of these women. So I fired up Google - and I was able to reach one of them!

I told her I was doing research for my blog - which I was - and I also told her about my company. Long story short, she proved me right: She signed up!!! (She loves the idea of daily accountability with her food.)

But the real point is that she's willing to invest in her health, diet and fitness and so are all these women.

I think that's a crucial switch that has to happen: Expense Vs. Investment.

Want ice cream? But you also like grapes? The ice cream costs $6. The grapes are an investment of $6. See the difference? (Read this if you feel bad when you spend "extra" money on healthy food.)

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Just another day in the life of a Body Tutor. Someone has to do it, right?


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