Spring Time Fitspiration: Meet the 74-year-old bombshell with abs
Spring has almost sprung and while it’s a little late, many of us are looking for inspiration to get off the couch and stop hiding our winter weight under layers of blankets and jerseys. A 74-year-old woman has become the inspiration everyone needs after she started showing off her fit physique on her high-profile Instagram page.
This 74-year-old wellness guru is all the fitspiration you need this spring
Many of us have dreams of being fit and being able to wear anything we like without worrying about spilling out over the top or feeling uncomfortable. At 70, Joan MacDonald was overweight and suffering from a number of illnesses that came with her unhealthy lifestyle.’
According to Daily Mail, Joan’s cholesterol was rocketing. She suffered from insomnia, had arthritis, a kidney problem, and was plagued by constant acid reflux. This is when her daughter, a personal trainer name Michelle MacDonald, stepped up and told her mom the cold hard truth about her declining health.
Unlike a lot of people who preach about getting fit it but never actually doing anything, Joan decided then and there that she was turning her life around.
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A fresh start
Sure enough, Joan started changing her lifestyle while being guided by Michelle. Fatty foods and relaxing turned into cardio and not long thereafter, strength training.
While lifting weights was really hard for her, she also had to change her diet and saw herself limiting her calories to 1000 per day (and later increased to 1750 a day). This was especially hard for Joan who had a sweet tooth and a big hankering for junk food.
“I used to love chocolate-covered nuts and sugary foods. But they were strictly not allowed,” says Joan.
The big health benefits
A year after starting her fitness journey, Joan who lost a whopping 45lbs (just over 20kg) did not only drop multiple pants sizes, she also managed to drop her blood pressure which left her doctor astounded. She was soon off her medication and full of energy.
Fast-forward 4 years later and 74-year-old Joan weighs the same as her daughter. She has also started an incredibly successful Instagram page that boasts an amazing 1.4 million followers who love to get free fitness and health advice.
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Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.