Wellness Wednesday 2/8
Get Me Bodied….
I think it’s time to rename my most popular series of articles (popularity that I did not see coming!!!), to “Fifty +, Fit and Fabulous”, adding that small but significant, “+” sign
Meet Ellen Ector, a 63-year-old mom of five, grandmother of four, and health inspiration to people everywhere.
After 20 years as a social worker, she decided to quit her job and pursue fitness training in 2009.
“I said, ‘Either you’re gonna do this fitness thing or you’ll be working for someone else for the rest of your life,'” she told BuzzFeed Life. “I haven’t looked back since… I love what I do!” .
After a career in social work, Ector decided to pursue fitness full time, founding “Black Girls Workout Too!” with her daughter, Lana.
Specifically focusing on health issues that face African American women, the workout DVD series aims to demolish the statistic that four our of five African American women are overweight.
Ellen also organizes walks for adults with diabetes and trains kids in track, field, and cross-country running — basically, she wants to help people from all walks of life learn to take care of their bodies.
If you’re ever in Georgia, you might run into the grandmother-turned-trainer at her Atlanta gym or cold-pressed juice company . . . or you can simply follow her impressive fitness journey
on Instagram. In the meantime, get inspired by Ellen’s incredible physical shape, and remember that anyone — no matter their age — can lead a healthy life!
Below, Ellen with daughter Jana
She now co-owns Gymnetics Fitness and GymJuice in Atlanta.
She and her daughter Lana also released Black Girls Workout Too!, a fitness DVD series that’s developed a strong social media following.
All of the exercises can be done with little to no equipment, an intentional decision by the mom and daughter team.
Ector says, “Your body is a machine.”
She also says that it makes working out affordable for women who may not have the means to invest in a gym membership or buy workout machinery for their homes.
The series consists of two videos, with a third expected to release this winter.
The fitness guru was especially interested in targeting black women after her mother died of uterine cancer at age 63.
The CDC reports that 57.6% of black women 20 years old and older are obese. And obesity, according to Mayo Clinic, increases the risk of uterine cancer.
(below, Ellen Ector at right and daughter Jana at left)
To anyone who’s having trouble getting fit, Ector says, “Be patient. You have to take baby steps.”
And because health is so much bigger than the physical, she also dropped this little gem…….
“Don’t use your body as a dump. Stop dumping in boyfriend problems, stop dumping in the bad food!”
Keep shining, Ellen! You’re all that and a bag of (kale) chips
“She lives around the corner from the Fountain of Youth” –(from a song by Michael Franks)