A fitness fanatic who says she looks better now in her sixties than in her thirties, has revealed the diet and training tips that can transform your figure at any age.
Bobbi Parker Hall, 61, from Portland, Oregon, said that eating clean and exercising has improved her physique, but claims that weight training is the trick that has truly transformed her body.
The mother of two, now showing washboard abs, struggled with weight loss until the mid-1950s and would do endless amounts of cardio to shed body fat – without seeing much improvement in her physique.
Bobbi only saw drastic results after increasing her food intake and adding heavier weights to her gym routine, and believes that she now looks better than when she was 30.
Bobbi Parker Hall, 61, from Portland, Oregon, has revealed that weight training was the trick that really transformed her body and helped her reach her washboard abs
The mother of two previously struggled with losing weight, but now competes in bikini fitness competitions. Bobbi (shown in her years & # 39; 30) says that she now looks better at the age of 61
The 61-year-old said she had previously struggled with weight loss until the mid-1950s
She said: “Until I hit the mid-fifties, I always struggled with the last 10-15 pounds – I have small hips so I could wear it and always looked thinner than I was. My fat always went to my stomach, thighs and arms.
& # 39; But when I discovered my food and started adding more weights than cardio, it all changed for me. That was really the key, because although I was a personal trainer, I still fell into the thought that I needed more cardio to look like I wanted to look. & # 39;
Bobbi, who used to be a bikini competitor, urges older women to concentrate well on food and not be afraid of strength training, because many believe weights will make them look bulky. Contrary to what is often thought, Bobbi maintains that this is not the case.
She said: “Women in that age category in particular do not eat enough, still skip breakfast, and are still too focused on cardio.
& # 39; They are afraid that weights will make them heavier. The way I look at it is that I prefer to look a little bulky and sturdy than to have unhealthy, loose fat.
Bobbi (left and right) said she started noticing results after increasing her food intake and adding heavier weights to her routine at the gym
Bobbi (pictured with partner Dean Hall) said until the mid-fifties that she has always struggled with losing the last 10-15 pounds
She said she believed she needed more cardio and has now urged older women to focus on good food and not be afraid of weight training
& # 39; But if you are the type of body that is full, you can control that by finding the right combination of strength training, cardio and your diet.
& # 39; The body responds quickly and you can shape and shape it to see how you want. I never thought I could wear a bikini; in fact, I hated my body before competing. I would only wear one piece. & # 39;
Bobbi emphasizes the importance of loving your body at any age, no matter how you look and says that trust is the key to a youthful life.
She added: & # 39; This brings me to another topic of body dysmorphia that many of us have. Learning to love you and how God made you is the most important thing a woman can do.
& # 39; You have the confidence that shines through, no matter how you look. & # 39;
Bobbi (pictured in her years & # 39; 30), who used to be a bikini competitor, said she never thought she could wear a bikini before she started training
Bobbi (pictured in her 20 & # 39; s left and right) said she had previously hated her body and never thought she could wear a bikini
Bobbi (pictured in her 20s) said she now looks better in her 60s, after discovering weight training as a way to stay fit
Bobbi, who is divorced, says that fitness is a way for her dealing with changes in life and recharging oneself mentally, physically and emotionally.
She said: & # 39; Hormones, menopause, thyroid problems are physical problems.
& # 39; This can also be a time when there are major life changes for women such as missing children, divorce, loss of husband, caring for aging parents. It can also be very difficult to just deal with the fact that we are getting older.
& # 39; But I have found that fitness is one of the best things to restart your life at this stage. We do not have to give up our hopes and dreams.
& # 39; Making your body fit also helps us mentally and emotionally. & # 39;
The fitness trainer emphasized the importance of loving your body at any age and said: & # 39; Then you have the confidence that shines through, no matter what you look like & # 39;
Bobbi says staying fit is a great way to cope with changes in life and the aging process
The fitness coach said that despite the changes women face as they age, fitness has helped her start her life again
The mother of two insists that looking younger should not be the most important point of attention when exercising, and that feeling good from the inside is the most important thing.
She added: & I think it doesn't matter what our age is. Women always want to feel attractive and desired. Even at the age of 80. I've seen it; we always care about how we look.
& # 39; I think the key is not to be stuck in any age to what we should look like. I mean, accept the fact that we're getting older and looking your best, but don't try to look like you're 40 when you're 60. & # 39;
Bobbi now wants to use her years of fitness knowledge to get other people back on track and transform their lives for the better, while her motto & # 39; food is medicine & # 39; preaches.
Since then, she has started her own Instagram page @modernbodiesfitness as an online personal trainer, hoping to help more women achieve the body they want while improving their emotional and mental well-being.
The mother-of-two, pictured participating in a bikini fitness competition, said that women always want to feel attractive and desired, regardless of their age
She now wants to use her years of fitness knowledge to get other people back on track and to transform their lives
Since then, the fitness coach has started her own Instagram page @modernbodiesfitness as an online personal trainer
Bobbi said: & I think people who are in pain feel comfortable sharing their pain with me.
& # 39; I am fine with that and I am glad that women have felt comfortable opening themselves up to me. It has never gotten out of hand, but it makes you realize that people have a lot of things to do with and it can really aggravate them.
& # 39; It becomes the reason why they don't or don't have the time to really take care of themselves the way they want.
& # 39; It can be a big obstacle to get in shape, I get it. I want to think of a way to help them free up a few minutes for themselves, maybe it's just doing a couple of boards or sit-ups, or stretching 5 minutes here and there.
& # 39; And it can make them feel so much stronger, just do a little for themselves every day, which then becomes 10-15 minutes. Who would not want to feel sexier, better and stronger? & # 39;
Bobbi met her partner Dean Hall, a fellow fitness fanatic, five years ago after divorcing her ex-husband, and the couple has since fallen in love.
Dean is a dual cancer survivor and swims in rivers to encourage cancer patients never to give up their hopes and dreams.
Last year, Dean became the first person to swim the entire Shannon River in Ireland and reached another record in 2014, after being the first to conquer the 184-mile length of the Willamette River in Oregon while fighting cancer.
Bobbi hopes to help more women achieve the body they want while improving their emotional and mental well-being
Bobbi also said that women felt comfortable opening up to the problems they face in life
She has also insisted that people avoid cosmetic surgery, accept themselves for how they are and take care of their health
Dean, who also works as a marriage therapist and life coach, swam to raise cancer awareness and also got money for cancer organizations Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Childhood Cancer Foundation of Ireland.
Bobbi & # 39; s says her best tips for looking younger than 60 are to stay active, build muscle, and usually eat healthily.
She has also urged people to accept themselves for how they are, to avoid cosmetic surgery and to take care of their health, adding that your 60s can be the best years of your life if you work at it.
Bobbi said: & # 39; Get a little help when needed, but stay as natural as possible.
Stel Do not delay cosmetic procedures and procedures, but get a good doctor who knows what they are doing.
& # 39; Be you. Go gray if you want and dye your hair if you want. Accept where you are with your age and love the people in your life.
& # 39; Have your hormones checked and take care of your health. These can be your best years in so many ways; sexually, physically, spiritually and emotionally, can be a real satisfaction in all these areas if you allow it and work on it. & # 39;
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