Your spirit never ages, it’s ageless. I’m going to be 83 years old, and my spirit is young. She wants to jump around and have fun; she’s the little girl we all have inside of us.
– Sandy Luongo
Listen to Sandy and Then Think Again!
If you’ve taken one of my Sculpt classes chances are you know Sandy Luongo. She is a long time Fitness Incentive member who is both inspiring and motivating. I recently sat down with Sandy to find out what keeps her going.
What brought you to Fitness Incentive?
I moved to West Babylon when I was 60 years old. I wanted to join a gym and didn’t know the area. I found an ad for Fitness Incentive and called. Cor was the one who answered the phone and invited me to come down and give it a try. I came down to try a class, and there was an adorable little 3-year-old girl running around named Jourdan, and I’ve been here ever since.
Have you always worked out?
I have been working out sporadically since I was 40 years old. I’ve been more consistent since I started coming here. I love Fitness Incentive; I’m not just saying that. I’ve made a lot of friends here; everyone is very warm and nice and caring. It’s a good feeling when I’m here.
What inspires you to keep going?
It makes me feel young. I don’t think about my age. I just enjoy what I’m doing. I don’t feel pressured or intimidated. I’m told I can work at my own pace, not to look at anyone else, just do what’s comfortable for me, which I do. It’s part of my life.
What would you say to someone who is afraid to take a class?
I would tell them don’t be afraid. Once you come here, you’re going to want to come back. You’ll feel very comfortable; you’ll never be judged by what size you are or how old you are.
To that point, what advice would you have for someone who thinks they are too old?
That’s only a number. Your spirit never ages, it’s ageless. I’m going to be 83 years old, and my spirit is young. She wants to jump around and have fun; she’s the little girl we all have inside of us.
Do you feel exercise keeps you feeling young?
Without a doubt. Without a doubt. I love it. I would tell people if you’re 60, 70, 80 or over just give it a try. You’ll love it.
I think Sandy is on to something because if you meet her, you will know her spirit is still young. She is a perfect example of what staying active can do for both your mind and body. Sandy is also one of the people that make Fitness Incentive so special. Next time you feel intimidated to take a class or come to the gym take Sandy’s advice.
About the Author…
Erin Frawley is a certified personal trainer through AFAA. She has completed multiple TRX courses—both level 1 & 2—and is certified Precision Nutrition Level 2 coach. She specializes in strength training, fat loss and functional movement. Erin believes in working smarter, not harder, building smart habits. A cornerstone of her philosophy is that a positive mindset can make all the difference.