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December 14, 2017 AARP Article

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Josefina in AARP

Josefina started in bodybuilding at the age of 59

This 71-year-old Venezuelan does not regret having taken the decision to start the weightlifting practice at 59. She says she reinvents herself every 10 years and, therefore, began her 60s training for bodybuilding competitions. This was after dedicating his life to teaching and sharing his vision of success through television programs.

After beginning a rigorous training, in five months he participated in his first competition. Since then he has won many awards and continues to train daily. "If at 59 I had thought I was too old to start something new, I would have missed the last 12 years of fun and success," he says.

Dr. Josefina -the nickname by which she is known- spends many hours taking care of herself body and soul. He gets up at 3 in the morning to meditate and pray. An hour later, he runs a few miles and, at dawn, he practices yoga on the beach. Later, he spends two hours training in the gym. When someone says, "I want to be like you when I grow up," she asks, "Why not before?"

"The aging process can be slowed by taking care of the mind, body and spirit," he says. "We should never get carried away by fear. You have to let yourself be carried away by the emotion and the illusion of being yourself."

As if that were not enough, at age 71 he wrote and published his first book, Grandiosa at Any Age. It is the living example that it really is never too late to do something for the first time.

This article was originally published by AARP.

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  1. Laurie Laurie This article goes back and forth using "she", "her" but then also refers to Josefina as "he" and "his". I'm puzzled as to why it has not been edited for gender accuracy. It needs updated as I think it is disrespectful to Josefina. Saturday, June 9, 2018
  2. JoAnna JoAnna Why does this article refer to Josefina as a "he" multiple times. Please update this!!! As hard as she as worked and as much as she gives into the lives and well being of others, I think she at least deserves to have the correct gender attached to this article as it does refer to her. Geez!!! Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  3. Henriette Henriette I was looking forward to reading this article written by the very well known AARP, but I was very disappointed to see all the disrespectful grammatical errors in reference to Dr. Monasterio as a male when she clearly a female. Someone needs to be revise this article asap. Thank you. Friday, January 18, 2019

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