AN age-defying woman in her sixties reveals that she is constantly having to remind young men that she is “old enough to be their mum”.
Model and fitness buff, Sheila Kiss, 62, from Birmingham, UK, says she often has admirers in their twenties reaching out to her on Instagram as if it were a Tinder account.
Sheila developed an interest in health and fitness when she turned 30 after she had her second child, Shannon, who is now 33.
She was always interested in keeping toned rather than skinny, so when she was in her forties, she joined a gym and began weightlifting.
Since then she has been sticking to a routine of working out for two hours a day, six days a week.
Over the years she has been sculpting her lean body – even into her sixties – which has improved her flexibility and strength.
Sheila, who is currently living in Bali, Indonesia, has a strict no-calorie counting and avoiding scales philosophy and says her approach to fitness makes her feel “super strong”.
The fitness fanatic shows off her impressive abs and youthful physique online where she boasts over 55,000 followers on Instagram.
She admits that younger men from the age of 20 constantly confuse her page with Tinder as she receives a lot of dating requests on the platform.
Speaking of her humble beginnings, she said: “I started my health and fitness lifestyle when I was about thirty after my second child. I resumed tennis again twice a week and also started aerobics.
“Aerobics was really popular in the eighties and I could go five days a week, even with three children.”
Adding: “I was also modelling at the time and sometimes it was swimwear parades so it was important that you maintained your weight.”
Sheila admitted that she didn’t start lifting weight until she was in her forties admitting “weightlifting makes such a difference to your shape and body tone.”
She said: “I’ve never focused on weight and I don’t weigh myself but rather focus on tone and I don’t consider a skinny body to be a healthy or a well-shaped body – I’d much rather have a sporty, well-toned look.”
Having an interest in all thing fitness, Sheila decided to try Bikram yoga when she was 49, and has continued the practise for 13 whole years.
She said: ” I would do six days a week. Bikram is tough mentally and physically and really makes you lean. It is one-and-a-half hours of yoga in forty-one degrees heat.
“I haven’t been doing Bikram since living in Bali but plan to resume again. I have still been doing other types of yoga as it’s so important to maintain flexibility as we age.”
Sheila said tat she increased her exercise frequency into her fifties and sixties, by adding weights, spin and yoga classes admitting that she spends around two hours a day, six days a week exercising.
“I find even though I’m the oldest in the class I will be lifting the heaviest weights, ” she said.
And added: “Lifting heavy weights doesn’t bulk you up but eating cakes will.”
Speaking of her overall health, the age-defying beauty said that she “never gets sick” and that she only goes to a doctor every couple of years for “female tests” when they are due.
Sheila also said that other woman at the gym always compliment her on her youthful appearance with many saying “I just want to be like you when I am older”.
She said: “They always say that I am such an inspiration to them and I really love that as at the age of twenty you just realise how important it is to keep strong, healthy and fit and how confident it can make you feel.”
As for the male attention, Sheila admitted that “men do stare” but she insted that she ignores them and laughs it off.
“I laugh to myself as I am old enough to be their mother. They totally confuse my Instagram page with Tinder; men who private message me would be from twenty to seventy. I just hit delete.”
Up until her sixties, Sheila has been a catwalk model in Australia and says that her experience has boosted her confidence.
“I have modelled in Australia and I love the catwalk the most. I always feel most comfortable on a runway in front of an audience,” she said.
“It’s always interesting to wear fashion that might not be your style but you have to walk like you love it. I always remind myself that I’m getting paid to make the outfit look good and they are not asking me to buy it.
Sheila remains fond of her years as a model admitting that “modelling has been wonderful to me” and that she made some lifelong friends.
But exercise aside, the ageless beauty also relies heavily on a healthy, balanced diet admitting that she has “always been a healthy eater.”
Unlike any others, Sheila said that she doesn’t count calories or carbs and that “I know at my age what is good food.”
“Basically, I don’t buy anything in a packet and all my food comes from the fresh produce section.
“We eat out a lot in Bali, but I will still make healthy choices. If we go to a dinner party, I will eat whatever is served and enjoy.
“I don’t take any supplements or protein powder and get all my nutrition from food. I can’t stress enough the wonderful feeling of being strong and healthy in your sixties.”
The fitness fanatic also compares exercise to brushing your teeth claiming that “if you don’t brush your teeth you feel yuck and bad and if I don’t exercise, I feel the same.”
“Even when we travel a lot and I have no access to a gym I will power walk or run and fill drink bottles with sand for weights.
Sheila remains grateful for a happy and positive life ans said that “life for me is definitely for living not looking.”
And added: “People ask me often about why we travel so much and my reply is, ‘we are not going to run out of money but we will run out of time’.”
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