50 and fabulous: These 7 women prove that fitness is the fountain of youth

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Exercise is the ultimate anti-aging product. Need proof?

Check out these 7 gorgeous, vibrant women—all of whom are fitness and yoga devotees.

Many of them have been leading active lives since grade school, and they swear by healthy habits like superfood smoothies and more than 8 hours of sleep.

In most cases, they’ve also made being active not just a passion, but a profession.

If their toned physiques and glowing complexions featured here don’t inspire you, maybe a workout with them will? —Lisa Elaine Held


(Pictured: Dana Flynn)
Colleen Saidman Yee
Owner of Yoga Shanti
Age: 52

Saidman Yee might be a former model, but she credits 25 years of yoga with keeping her young.

In addition to running her Hamptons studio and teaching at workshops and festivals around the country, she just released a new A.M. & P.M. Yoga DVD with husband Rodney Yee.

“I believe that stagnation is an aging culprit,” says Saidman Yee. “Practicing yoga keeps the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems functioning optimally.”

Yoga also protects her from the ravages of stress, and she complements her practice with flax-and-omega packed smoothies, long, hot baths, quality sleep, and “lots of laughter.”
Ruth Zukerman
Co-founder of Flywheel Sports
Age: 54

Zukerman has been in the fitness industry for 30 years and today teaches an average of 10 Flywheel spin classes a week.

Sweat, she says, is key to looking and feeling great. “Despite the bodily changes that we women experience in our fifties, sweating through exercise has kept my body toned, my pores clear, and my skin firm.”

She also is sure to get enough sleep and maintain a balanced diet (with a daily avocado!).

“A friend of mine once referred to me as ‘The Fountain of Ruth,’” says Zukerman. “I hope to be worthy of that name for many more years!”

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Lauren Piskin
Owner of Chaise 23, Physical Mind Studio
Age: 50

Piskin got a head start on fitness.

She first laced up her ice skates at age seven, and as a competitive figure skater, she was often on the ice for 5-6 hours per day.

She now works out around five days a week, most of it spent teaching classes at her two studios and training teachers in her Reinvention Method.

“Fitness is the main reason my body feels 25, as well as my head!” Piskin says.
Dana Flynn
Founder of Laughing Lotus
Age: 50

“Yoga makes you immortal,” says Dana Flynn.

Flynn first stepped onto a yoga mat at age 27, and 23 years later, energy is literally bubbling out of her at all times. She’s virtually famous for her giant grin—and for her lighthearted approach to life.

Her secret is a constant cycle of “playing dancing singing laughing”—both alone, and with the vast community of friends, family, and yogis who love (and look up to) her.
Elisabeth Halfpapp
Co-founder of Exhale Spas and Core Fusion
Age: 53

Halfpapp stood at her first ballet barre at five-years-old, and almost five decades later, she still fits exercise (including ballet, yoga and Core Fusion) into her schedule six days a week.

She says that fitness has kept her body young, but “most importantly, it keeps your mind sharp, especially when you do classes like core fusion, yoga, or ballet, where you need to focus and be single minded about the combinations, sequencing, and choreography.

Halfpapp also credits her youthful energy to lots of sleep, leafy greens, positive energy, and a happy 29-year marriage.

Susi Wunsch
Founder of Velojoy.com
Age: 54

After discovering cycling eight years ago, Wunsch has become a tastemaker on the New York City bike scene.

She skips the subway and rides her bike as transportation most days of the week, rides out-of-town on weekends, and attends Gregg Cook’s spin classes at Equinox twice a week.

“Nothing enhances my mood or boosts my creative energy more,” says Wunsch.

Other secrets? Pushing boundaries, family time, staying hydrated, stretching, and…dark chocolate!
Terri Walsh
Founder of the A.R.T. Method
Age: 49

Okay, Walsh isn’t quite 50, but she’s so gorgeous and energetic that we couldn’t help including her.

The celeb personal trainer has been working in fitness since she was 19, and her muscles and energy are nothing short of inspiring.

“Fitness doesn’t just keep me young, it keeps me fierce, alive, and excited about every day!” she says.

Other than her signature active-resistance training, Walsh has this advice: “Wine and chocolate on weekends only, and never overdo anything, either good, or bad—and never ever ever ‘diet’.”

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13 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. January 12th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hi there, just by accidentcame across your site and it sounds great, i am over weight and need to lose weight for health reason plus for personalapperance, and am wondering if any of you fabulous ladies have any hints

  2. April 25th, 2013 at 5:46 am

    These ladies certainly inspire me, I’m working towards being 50 and fabulous. Exercise is definitely the key.

  3. October 25th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I hate to ask but why aren’t there any african American women in here? I’m also 50 and often get mistaken for my 27 year olds girlfriend.. Yes creepy I know but it happens.

    I would really live to get a chance to be in your magazine with notice.

    Thank you so much and please Donot take the question as an insult it’s merely a question.

    I look forward to your response.

    Have a fabulous day !

  4. February 12th, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Gina, the answer is “cause there just isn’t”, stop asking stupid questions

  5. April 7th, 2014 at 11:29 am


    Terrible and rude response!! It should not be published!!

    I had a similar question. The article is a great introduction to a wonderful topic. Please include a more diverse representation of 50 and fab women next time!!

    Best Regards

  6. Fifty Fab & Healthy
    April 12th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    This was a wonderful story that inspired me, and will inspire many more.

  7. May 6th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    The story is inspirational, but diversity would be nice. I’m 50 and I get guessed @ 30’s and sometimes 20’s depending on what I wear and my hear for the day. Cyndee terrible comment! This is American and everyone should be represented at 50 and fab:)

  8. June 24th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I think those who deserve to be represented, are. Period.

  9. July 1st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Well I totally agree with Gina, where are the african athletes?? Look if you have something to say about maybe there are any then you are racist for sure, HELLO!! Look up essence magazine and i promise you will find a lot of fit over 50 women that look a lot better than these.

  10. Jackquelyn
    December 11th, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I would like information on your next fit competition. Thank you

  11. January 19th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    There is only one reason that that are no non-Caucasian representatives of “fit over 50” on this site: this site only targets a non-Caucasian audience. The other images on this site proves that point, too. Therefore, if you’re not in that market segment, then find another place for your online time and page views!

  12. September 27th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Ernestine Shepherd, age 75 and Wendy Ida, age 61 are 2 hugely inspirational black women who set the bar for fit women over 50. Some of these comments are ridiculous and should not be published. Wow.

  13. February 3rd, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Hmm. There’s something wrong with your website. You can’t scroll down and you can’t see the pics of these ladies either. Disappointing. Was hoping for some inspiration even though this is an old article. Just thought you should know there is an issue. Thanks.

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