I am advocate of health and fitness for those of us at all ages.
One of the reasons is because I saw how my mother physically declined as she aged, and while it pains me to say it, her physical decline was 100% her fault.
In all sincerity, there is no reason to be in a nursing home at age 66. NONE.
Her eating was horrible. She made no attempt at exercise.
And these decisions led her, unfortunately, to an early grave.
That is why I was so amazed by the story of Constance Tillet, a 77-year old who decided to take control of her health by training Crossfit-style, that was told in a recent CBS News report.
And she is absolute proof that if you can put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
She had plenty of excuses you she “couldn’t” do it a well…
- She has 2 artificial knees
- One rotator in her shoulder is totally torn
- The other rotator cuff is partially torn
But despite the obstacles Constance was determined to turn her life around…
Get up and do it. Stop with the whining,” Tillet said. “Stop with ‘Oh you have to take care of me.’ Take care of yourself.
The most incredible thing that I noticed about this article is that Constance NEVER WORKED OUT UNTIL SHE STARTED CROSSFIT 10 MONTHS AGO!
As the article states…
Her health problems started almost 30 years ago, when she was 50. She took insulin four times a day for diabetes and 60 pills [a day] to treat high blood pressure, congenital heart failure and arthritis.
60 pills! I get questions from seniors constantly about the costs of their medications, seeking and answers. And the overriding theme is that they can’t afford their medications and are seeking help.
Maybe the next time I get an email I should tell them to take up Crossfit, because…
[Constance] Tillet met gym owner David Osorio and, after just 10 months of working out together, she is down to just a few pills a day, and has lost 50 pounds.
The article does not say, but I can only imagine how much money Constance is saving on her prescription medications by losing 50 pounds and getting in shape.
One thing that I can pretty much guarantee you is that she is saving far more on a monthly basis than she is paying for the gym membership.
I would really like to write more about this topic, but I gotta get to the gym…thanks for the motivation Constance.