It’s Never Too Late To Start Exercising

One of the most common limiting beliefs that prevent life coaching clients from following their dreams or doing something that they really want to do is the idea that they are “too old.”

A great life coaching technique for replacing this limiting belief is to provide counterexamples that contradict this belief. Most people are familiar with the phrase, “You’re only as old as you feel,” but in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, Marjorie Newlin, who started exercising again when she was 71, took that phrase and ran with it, proving that it’s never too late to start feeling young again.

You wouldn’t know that Newlin is a great grandmother just by looking at her, but she is.  She’s been lifting weights since she was 72 years old, and during her 13 year career as an amateur bodybuilder she brought home more that 40 trophies to prove just how good she is at the sport.  Always having to compete in the older age groups, Newlin won her trophies against other weightlifters 30 and even 40 years her junior! Check out her photo.

How did she get to be this way?

Never one to be athletic, Newlin decided it was time for a change when she struggled to carry home some 50 pound bags of kitty litter one day.

Seems like it is almost too simplistic of a reason, but in reality, it is usually something that simple that drives a person to make a positive change in their life.  I had a friend who struggled with his weight from the time he was six.  By the time he was a sophomore in high school he weighed 225 pounds, none of which was muscle.  The turning point for him one day was when he sat in his Biology class and listened to his teacher discussing obesity, its health effects and the benefits of exercise and healthy living.

My friend took that lecture to heart.  He had grown tired of feeling sluggish every morning when he got out of bed or becoming winded while walking up a flight of stairs.  His teacher’s lecture set in motion a life change that resulted in the loss of 75 pounds by the time he was a senior.  When we graduated he was a healthy 150 pounds—right in line with his height and age.

So it can be a simple event or lesson that prompts a person to make a change; however, what is important is that a change was made, not an excuse, such as “I’m too old,” or “I’m too overweight.”  The odds were stacked greatly against Newlin and my friend and they both overcame them and reached goals beyond anything they would have imagined.  Even more, both continue to stay healthy, both intend on living long lives, being self-sufficient and turning heads, as Newlin did at competitions.

If an 86 year old great grandmother can be a bodybuilder and look better in a bikini than most 20 year olds, there’s no reason to believe that you can’t do it either.  The link below will direct you to the article on Marjorie Newlin.  I urge you to read it, and I guarantee you’ll be blown away by her picture.

Marjorie died at the age of 87 due to complications from leukemia, but she was in great shape up to the time she became ill.

You can read more about her here.