Lola Wanzer

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Lola Wanzer

Age 61:

Longevity seems to run in my family. Most of the women live well into their 90s, a few past 100. At age 25, I decided I wanted to do what I could to be amongst that number.
Q How did you begin your journey?

AI thought about the lifestyles of these women, who, during my childhood, prepared their daily meals from the vegetables and fruit they picked fresh from their own gardens, so that’s where I started my journey – with the basics. I didn’t know much beyond that, but it was a start, and I built from there, slowly, but surely. And now, at age 61, I am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. It’s not where or how, or even why you start, it only matters that you start, and where you end. And I want my ending, and yours too, to be punctuated by long life, good health, strength and independence.

Q What are your lifestyle choices?

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I use exercise to keep both my body and mind strong.

After a good workout, I feel energized and clear.

I work out for 60 minutes, 5 days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weights and whatever my trainer decides to throw at me.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I run.

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The 2013 SIFH calendar provided tremendous inspiration for me to push myself further, harder, deeper into the land of fit living.

I compete with myself during every workout. Every single one.

Changing the way I eat caused a 15lb weight loss, along with increased strength and endurance.

I take time out of my schedule every week, no matter how busy I am, just for me – without fail.

Through this fitness journey, I have discovered my competitive side – and I like it.

I drink, on average, a gallon of water per day.

My meals consist mostly of whole foods, that is, foods without additives and minimal processing. My typical breakfast is steel cut oats with almond milk.  Lunch might be grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, and an apple.  Dinner falls along the same lines, with a protein, vegetable and a healthy carb. Snacks usually consist of something I’ve juiced, yogurt or nuts.

Q What are some health tips?

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Staying motivated is sometimes hard, especially if you haven’t developed a solid support system, so be sure to build one. It doesn’t need to be large, just consistent and available.

If you have a personal trainer, and you don’t loathe the sight of him or her, you need a new trainer.

Lunges and squats are your best friend. Trust me. Do them.

Prepare your meals at home as often as possible, and make them as clean as possible.

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