What a Healthy Body Looks Like

Four women, ages 37 to 67, show off their healthy bodies

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Angela Davis, 37, Soulcyle Instructor and Former Professional Runner

On growing up an athlete “I ran track in college, then professionally. I was on the 2000 U.S. world-championship team.”


On her weight wake-up “My first year in college, I was still training, but I went from 117 pounds to 140. This taught me being lean was not a given; I had to watch what I ate as well.”


On weight loss 2.0 “In 2004 I stopped competing, then I got married and had two kids. When my second son turned one, I was carrying 40 extra pounds. It was then that I committed to exercising an hour a day and having lots of veggies and protein, plus a gallon of water daily. It took me six months to get it all off.”


On her regimen now “Each week I teach 12 Spin classes at SoulCycle, and I take yoga once or twice. I also eat only lean protein, plus raw veggies three times a day. When I do fall off the wagon, I just remind myself of the direct link between what I eat and how my body responds.”

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Mary Strong, 40, Sports Broadcaster and Owner of the Green Yogi Studio

On the fun side of fitness “I’ve played beach volleyball all my life—I was even a professional player for a while—and still enjoy it. For me it’s not about getting a hard body; it’s fun and makes me happy.”


On making time for exercise “Each week I look at my calendar and write in when I will exercise. Making time to work out gives you more energy, so you can get everything else on your calendar done.”


On finding yoga “I took a yoga class in college, and it changed my life. I became committed to the practice and opened my own studio three years ago.”


On fitness now “I think it ages you to overdo it. Now I only do workouts that bring me joy, like yoga or volleyball, and my body has actually become slimmer.”


On her eating philosophy “I am moving toward a more vegan diet, and I lost 10 pounds. My skin looks better, too!”

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Sandy Hill, 58, Mountaineer and author of "Mountain: Portraits of High Places"

On the myth of Gidget “I grew up in Northern California in the 1960s, when surfer girls were the girlfriends of surfer boys; they didn’t get on boards themselves. So I climbed mountains instead. The peaks were accessible, and girls were allowed.”


On surfing at last “I moved to Southern California a couple of years ago, and now I surf often. Even losing the tip of my finger in a surfing accident last year hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm.”


On aging well “Two years ago, I started working out at a CrossFit gym, and now I’m stronger and have more endurance than I did in my thirties.”


On making like a cavewoman “I follow the Paleolithic diet, which says not to eat anything we wouldn’t have [been able to find] 10,000 years ago. So I subsist on seeds, nuts, veggies, fruit and game meat. I rarely stray, though I do allow myself tequila and Mast Brothers Chocolate.”

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Joan Siffert, 67, Nonprofit Fund Raiser, Gym Regular

On consistency “I do anaerobic strength training—kettlebell swings, squats, the plank position—three days a week with trainer Ed Cashin at Exceed Physical Culture, a gym he co-owns in Manhattan. I’ve worked out with Ed for 20 years and some years saw him more than others. But I never stopped altogether, which has made all the difference.”


On staying strong “Working out with Ed helps me maintain muscle mass as I age, which I believe keeps my metabolism efficient.”


On self-love “When I was younger, I wasn’t grateful for what I had, but today I am. Meditation and kundalini yoga helped me view my body in a new way.”


On eating well “I am mostly a vegetarian; I do eat some fish and chicken. I went vegan a few years back at my daughter’s suggestion, but I gained weight. When I asked my daughter how she was avoiding that, she said, ‘Oh, Mom, I gave up veganism months ago.’ So that was the end of that.”


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First Published Wed, 2013-04-10 12:27

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