Joan MacDonald has a badass motto: “You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again!”After struggling with her weight her entire life — and becoming dependent on medication to treat her high blo-od pressure, ac-id refl-ux and chole-sterol — the 5-foot-3, 198-pound septu-agenarian from Ontario, Canada, dared to press rewind.
Fast-forward three years: The 73-year-old, now more than 50 pounds lighter, is an iron-pumping influencer with more than 500,000 Instagram followers.
To her half-million-plus fans worldwide, she’s better known as at TrainwithJoan. When this silver-haired fig-hter isn’t bu-sting out reps, popping squats and pu-shing free weights, she’s sharing fitness tips and posting video tutorials.
Joan credits her body transformation — she dropped 55 pounds and is now medication-free — to her workout buddy (her daughter Michelle) and eating a well-balanced diet. She also used supplements such as protein powder and amino ac-ids.
“Three years ago I began this long, slow journey and now I realize that there really isn’t any end to it,” she tells Jam Press. “Each day I move in a direction based on my choices, each month is a new milestone. Each year I seem to have changed so completely I think I can’t change any more, and yet I do.”
Sure, there are challenges, and older bodies must be treated with care to avoid inju-ries. But there’s no stopping her now.
“No matter how difficult or challenging life is, we must remain stea-dfast in our aim and keep inching forward,” she says. “When I got started I never imagined I’d be where I am today. I just wanted to get my health back and get off my medication.”
She was surprised to discover she’s actually on-trend.
Fitness programs for the elderly are among the top health fads in the nation, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal’s 2018 survey of thousands of physical fitness professionals.
“When you’re older, you really need an older teacher,” Marjorie Jaffe, a senior personal trainer who focuses on older clients, told The Post last year. “You’re really not interested in [toning] your arms or your bu-tt.You’re more interested in your balance, keeping your body straight and not limiting your life.”
Joan, as a proud senior citizen, wants to remind her peers that they “are limitless” — so don’t be deterred by perceived young-people stuff.
“With the support and guidance of Michelle and the team of women I made a massive 180,” she says in a blog post on her website.
“I learned how to use an iPhone for the first time in my life. I renewed my gym membership, bought a food scale, a measurement tape, and got to work. It was incredibly hard work, let me tell you, and there were many days [where] I was in tears over technology, but I never threw in the towel.”
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