75-year-old Ernestine Shepherd, aka Miss Ernie, says her elixir is “health, happiness and prosperity. That’s the formula.” Shepherd holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest female bodybuilder and is getting massive attention on the BBC today.
One glance will explain why she has no trouble convincing others to get healthy. She only started bodybuilding at 71 and holds classes at her church inspiring other oldsters to exercise and eat right. Shepherd truly glows as she chants her mantra, “Age is nothing but a number.” She practices what she preaches, waking before dawn to run 10 miles a day with other health nuts. “If ever there were an anti-aging pill,” she says, “I would call it exercise.”