Think you’re too old to get in really great shape this year? One group of seniors is proving us wrong. In fact, they are proving just how effective exercise can be in warding off aging. Meet the women from the Louisiana Tigerettes–an inspiring team of basketball players who not only consider themselves fit and toned, but at an average age of 70, they say they are downright “hot”.
The Tigerettes not only have an impressive record of 195 wins and only 5 losses, but they have earned seven gold medals at the U.S. Senior Olympics. More importantly though, these women–whose ages span from 65 to 75–say they are in the best shape of their lives. They say their posture is better, they are more toned, and basketball has kept them looking and feeling younger.
Mavis Albin, aged 75 who sat behind a desk for 38 years before joining the team said:
Three-on-three women’s basketball changed my life. It’s just the most remarkable thing I have ever been involved in.
And when asked what she sees when she looks in the mirror now, Mary Bendsen simply replied:
In addition, these women are proving just how much exercise can slow down the aging process–something that new studies also agree with. Up until now we have been told that we lose 8% of our muscle mass every decade after the age of 40. But now, there is new evidence t.
Instead of losing our strength, mobility and balance as we age, exercise seems to be a protector of our bodies. In fact, MRI images of a 74-year-old triathlete look very similar to one from a 40-year-old. That just shows us the power of staying active–and not necessarily “just walking” as many seniors tend to think is the only thing they can do once they get older.
Pittsburgh orthopedic surgeon Vonda Wright agrees and told CBS News:
We are not destined to go from lean flank steak in our 40s, if you think visually of what our muscles look like, to flabby rump roast. We do not have to become that way if we interject exercise throughout a lifetime.
Amen to that.
Take a look at the Tigerettes in action and be inspired: