79-Year-Old Weightlifter: “Throw Away That Walker!”

In her spare time, Pristell loves to cook and only eats out when coerced by family and friends, as she’d rather stay home and cook herself. She has arthritis in the soles of her feet, her back and legs, and before she made that drastic change to her current lifestyle, she was barely mobile. She advises any senior in a walker or a wheelchair that with the “proper exercise, nutrition and fitness regimen, anyone can get up out of that wheelchair or throw away that walker; if you want to accomplish that, you can!” She quips, “Look at me; I did it and so can you!”

Her formula for staying fit is to exercise on a regular basis and to eat healthy – no junk food – at least three times a day. She herself eats several small healthy meals throughout the day in between her daily training schedule. Her goals are simple and straightforward: To keep on doing what she’s been doing for the last 8 years and to stay consistent.

Her advice to others, including seniors her age, to be as healthy, happy and self-sufficient as her? “Find something that you love and keep on doing it, be consistent and never give up,” as Pristell also says, “I’m never going to stop!”

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