Sharon Mehalek, 74, is proof that you are never too old to follow your dreams.
The mum of five and grandmother of 11 has made fitness her career and started a range of new hobbies in her sixties.
Sharon is a self-employed safe beauty advocate and health coach and in her spare time, surfs, snowboards and enjoys slalom water skiing.
The fitness guru didn’t have her first surfing lesson until 2016 when she was 71 years old and is now proficient in the water sport.
Talking about her fitness journey, Sharon revealed she has always loved to stay active and joined a gym and began taking aerobics classes after her fourth child came along.
By the time she had her five children – Travis, 55, Dayna, 54, Natalie, 51, Brad, 49 and Gavin 47 – Sharon decided to make fitness her career.
She has since kept in shape and taught various group exercise classes including; indoor cycling, barre, rebounding, kickboxing, pilates, yoga and strength classes in high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
Her journey came from a desire to set the best example for her children and grandchildren.
Sharon said: “I aspired to do something that helped others move as well as stay active myself. I first became a mum at twenty-two and had five babies in eight years and they are my pride and joy.”
She added: “I’ve always loved children and knew I wanted to have a large family of my own. After my fourth child, I knew, to stay fit, I had to start doing more than running around a few blocks while my neighbour watched my four children.
“So, I joined a gym and started taking aerobics classes. Then I had my fifth child and decided if I could get paid for working out, teaching aerobics was a good way to start.”
Speaking about her hobbies, Sharon, who has maintained a weight of 9st 13lbs and a UK size 10 said: “I stay active in a variety of sports to this day. I absolutely love surfing (which I only learned four years ago at the age of sixty-three). I slalom water ski, and I snowboard.”
Sharon, who was the oldest competitor when she won Miss Fitness, met her current husband at the gym and says they love to work out together.
She added: “As you may have guessed this has been an amazing journey through life so far for me. My way to be healthy and fit after five children grew into a career that was truly my passion and a beautiful fit for me.
“As I faced obstacles and disappointments, staying fit was my sanity and my lifesaver. As the years passed and I continued my journey in fitness I realised more and more that to inspire people to lead healthy lives was not me motivating them, but them motivating me.”
She finished: “I feel wonderful. Of course, I would love to live life all over again because time flies but I am extremely proud of my children and grandchildren and watching them in their lives.
“I feel wiser and I know that I can always continue to learn more as I age. I will never stop growing and believing in dreams and aspire to continue to motivate and inspire until I leave this great green earth.”