Jane Fonda is 82, stars in a sitcom, runs two foundations, and has a history of stage, screen, and fitness that is too long to list in one sitting!
If you want a history lesson on her, click here.
But what I want to focus on are two things here: Perseverance and Staying Active.
From the 1960s on, Fonda grew in her career as an actress and fitness professional.
Yet at one point, according to the above link's cited interview, Fonda was ''effectively blacklisted'' from Hollywood due to political opinions and activity. Did that stop her? NO. Did she say, 'they hate me, my career is over.'? NO. Mother's suicide, her own eating disorder, non-stop media. Did any of this stop her? NO. She has gone through multiple divorces. Did these stop her? NO. Breast cancer. Did she stop? NO.
Fast forward to 2005, and she is co-founding Women's Media Center, while already having been deeply involved in charitable work for decades. The Fonda Family Foundation and Jane Fonda Foundation both support many ventures today as well. In 2015 she stars in Grace & Frankie on Netflix, which becomes a HIT show and has run seven seasons. Jane Fonda is 82 years old and starring in a show!
What an awesome example of PERSEVERANCE. And I am just giving you a snapshot into this woman's long and wild life and career. This is not about being born into affluence and connections, so beyond that. I don't claim to be an expert about Jane Fonda, but even just these few details help show how one person can keep forging ahead, and how one never knows what is next on the horizon...
How did I end up talking about Jane Fonda today?
Tthis morning, I decided to scour YouTube for a cardio video to do for my workout. **Advanced Tae Bo-- man. I'm telling you--always can count on those videos for a solid workout. Yes it may look a bit 'dated' thanks to the 90s styles, but who cares? Those videos work you out!** On the sidebar, I notice "Jane Fonda Exercise Challenge".
Guys, it is a great video.
Why is it that so often we associate 'old' videos with being 'sub par'? Sure, there are plenty of advancements in the fitness world and there are a lot of much stronger resources today--
But, I'm watching this video thinking, I have literally been to a class that normally charges $40 for 55 minutes of exactly what is happening on her video right now. I won't name the class, but it is THIS. Jumping around cardio for the bulk of the workout, with slower toning in between, no weights, all to the beat of the songs...
Jane knew what was UP in the 80s. Want to change up your workout this week and have a fun blast-from-the-past of 80s do's and wears, watch the below YouTube video. Thanks, Jane Fonda!
She is an excellent example of the importance of STAYING ACTIVE. A life-long mover, she incorporating fitness into her world...No, not a professional athlete or competitive X, Y, or Z, just MOVING. Moving safely. Moving consistently. Moving throughout her life.
And look at this lady now, STILL moving and shaking at 82 years old!
"An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion..."
-Newton's First Law of Motion
We find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. Today, what did I find in the random pop-up on the side of my YouTube page...Inspiration!
Keep persevering in what you want in life, and keep your body moving to help you get there. Keep your eyes and heart open for motivation-- both mental and physical.
Don't know about you, but I would not have guessed Jane Fonda's Workout was the answer for this particular morning!
To circle back to our meditation challenge week a few months back:
Shape magazine asked Fonda, 'What advice would you give your 30 year-old self?' Fonda replied: "I would have wanted to learn to meditate earlier. I think it would have kept me out of some trouble! ...I’ve felt my confidence beginning to go and so I got back into meditating again—I’d been so busy I stopped—and the minute I started meditating again, everything got better. I wish everyone would do it. I can’t pretend that it’s easy to still your mind; it’s not easy. But it’s like riding a bike. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t and then you can. You have to just keep doing it. Don’t give up; it takes time!"
"It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy."
Have a great day,
Be. By Kate.
Be your best self. One step at a time.