For some, the saying "you're only as old as you feel" may sound like a cliché phrase after hearing it a countless times but Greta Pontarelli is proving it to be true.
The 66-year-old is a World Champion Pole dancer shattering all stereotypes about age. She started pole dancing when she was 59 after being diagnosed with Osteoporosis following years at a desk job, “To strengthen my bones, I needed strenuous exercise, something that would involve lifting weights, ” she tells theageofhappiness.com. “But just weight-lifting is very boring. That's why I looked into dancing with a pylon.”
The first time Greta attempted a class, she couldn't even get up on the pole but she was determined to be successful so she set small goals and "made the competition with myself" she explains in an Elle Magazine video.
“I trained for a few hours every day, ” says Greta. “It was very difficult, but also unbelievably wonderful. I even formed some sort of an addiction to it. After a few months, the moves became easier. Things started to work.”
Greta now performs incredible, complex acrobatic moves that many people younger than her can't do. She's stronger than ever and she no longer experiences back pain.
She also wants to let people know that they shouldn't let age dictate their decisions to try something new,“many start to think that even at 40 or 45, it's already too late to begin something new, to find a new dream. I am glad I am able to convince them that it's never too late to realize your dream and be happy.”
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