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People Who Have Inspired Fitness

Oct 20, 2015

At some point, most of us will need some sources of inspiration and motivation. This may be especially true around the holidays. Fitness and health are the same as any other endeavor, in that people, after a while, tend to lose motivation and need a battery recharge, no matter how committed or dedicated we might be. Here are three people throughout history who may be good figures to think about whenever we are feeling the "burnout".
Gail Devers
She was an athlete in women's 100m sprints, the 4x100 m relay, and the 100m hurdles for Team USA. She won gold medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and world championships.. However, those may have paled compared to her achievement several years before Barcelona. In 1990, she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, which attacked her thyroid and reduced her to barely being able to crawl or walk. At one point, her doctor considered amputating her feet. However, the surgery did not happen and Devers resumed her training after radiation treatment, leading to her career success in the near decade and a half that followed.
Jack LaLanne
Sometimes called the "godfather of fitness", the former bodybuilder from California was not always the lean mean wrecking machine that he turned out to be into his 90s. As a kid, he was sickly and had poor lifestyle habits. After a drastic change in his diet and exercise habits, he was able to maintain enough health and strength to perform many incredible physical feats. One example would be swimming while being handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, and towing 70 rowboats from the Queen's Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, a distance of one mile in the water. By the way, he was 70 when he accompished this goal.
Ernestine Shepherd
She started bodybuilding when she and her sister were inspired. She was 56 then, and she has not looked back. Since then, she has won two bodybuilding competitions, and run in nine marathons. A fun fact: her favorite celebrity is Sylvester Stallone.

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