Edna Shepard is an inspiring 100-year-old fitness enthusiast who goes to the gym three times a week — proving that age is just a number.
Great-grandmother has been a loyal member of the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Center in North Melbourne for 40 years.
Despite her age, Edna can do full push-ups, sit-ups, planks, barbell squats, and exercises with 5kg weights in each hand.
“I enjoy working out, it makes me feel good and it’s important to keep the body moving,” Edna told FEMAIL.
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Melbourne’s beloved great-grandmother Edna Shepard (pictured) has been a loyal member of North Melbourne’s North Melbourne Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Center and participates in up to five classes in the gym each week
Despite her age, Edna can perform full push-ups, sit-ups, planks, barbell squats, and exercises with 5kg weights in each hand.
In the 1980s when her late husband Max retired at the age of 60, she “didn’t want him to sit at home and do nothing,” so she signed them up for classes at the entertainment center.
These days she goes to the gym every Monday and Friday for tai chi, aerobics and weight classes – and on Wednesdays she walks the club. Sometimes she participates in up to five classes per week.
“We do weights and all kinds of exercises on the floor, which I love,” she said.
From the age of three until her teenage years, Edna loved to dance and did gymnastics. When she was young, she also participated in ballroom dancing.
“At the age of 11, I won the Best Child in Physical Education award in Victoria,” she recalls.
In previous years, Edna participated in eight classes per week, including swimming and Zumba classes.
On the days when she doesn’t feel like exercising, she can still put on her sneakers and visit the recreation center for a training session.
“I do what I can – you need to know what you can and can’t do as you get older,” she said.
In the 1980s when her late husband Max retired at the age of 60, she “didn’t want him to sit at home doing nothing,” so she signed them up for classes at the entertainment center. And from there she hasn’t stopped coming back since (Pictured: Edna at the front of a class at the gym working out)
During the Covid lockdowns when gyms closed, Edna worked in the comfort of her home using dumbbells.
Her main advice to others is to “try hard” and “keep moving” but also to “understand your body”.
“Make sure you know what you can and can’t do,” she said, “it’s not a good idea to push yourself or hurt yourself.”
From the age of three through her teenage years, Edna adored dancing and doing gymnastics (Pictured: Edna, far left, with her sister). Edna married her late husband Max (pictured: second from right) in 1942 but unfortunately he passed away 15 years ago
When asked her secret to living a long and happy life, Inda said the key is to take care of your body and be kind.
“I’ve never smoked or drank alcohol before, and I’ve always exercised as much as I can,” she said.
I have always tried to socialize well with people and do things for others.
Edna said her diet consists of “good old fashioned cooking” and she never eats spicy foods because she doesn’t enjoy it.
She cooks all her meals herself and makes sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables too.
“Take care of your body,” she said, “because no one will do that for you.”
Edna’s tips for living a long life:
Take care of your body, because no one will do it for you
Try hard to exercise but don’t hurt yourself
live with others
take care of each other
Edna’s Tips for Love and Romance:
Communication is the key
talk about everything
don’t be jealous
Be there for each other
Edna and Max got married in 1942 but unfortunately Max died 15 years before, Edna said the key to a long relationship is communication.
You should listen to each other and if you have differences [in opinions]Talk about it and things will go right.
I got married so beautifully with Max because we were able to do exactly that – we were always working on this issue.
Earlier this year, on January 29th, Edna celebrated her 100th birthday at the Broadmeadows Aquatic & Recreation Center surrounded by family, friends and club members.
“Exercising has always been a part of my life,” she said, “and I wouldn’t be happy if I couldn’t do it.”
Earlier this year, on January 29, Edna celebrated her 100th birthday at the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Center surrounded by family, friends, and club members.
“We had family from all over Australia come and visit, it was really cool,” she said.
Exercising has always been a part of my life and I wouldn’t be happy if I couldn’t do it.