Martina Navratilova, AARP Fitness Ambassador on DWTS

Dancing With the Stars began its 14th season Monday, March 19, on ABC, with what many thought was its best opening night. Martina Navratilova, 55, is AARP’s fitness ambassador, Grand Slam tennis champ and one of Sports Illustrated’s "Top 40 Athletes of All Time".

She joins a long list of illustrious older adults willing to subject themselves to the grueling training associated with the competition. This season sees Jack Wagner, 52, and Glady Knight, 67, joining Ms. Navratilova on the competition floor, each paired with a professional dancer. At age 82, actress Cloris Leachman of season seven was the oldest contestant to compete on the show. At age 51, singer Donny Osmond of season nine was the oldest contestant to win the competition.

According to the AARP website, “Navratilova will post regular 'Dancing Diaries' entries on AARP.org offering her perspective on the training, competition and vibe from behind the scenes at one of Hollywood’s top TV shows.” Leeza Gibbons also provided an online account of her experience on the show in an AARP column, A View From Here. Ms. Navratilova is also scheduled to guest-blog for the LA Times while part of the competition.

Part of the show’s appeal are the “backstage” video vignettes showing just how tough preparing for competition can be. You can see gallery photos and video of Martina as she trains, rehearses and competes with her partner Tony Dovolani on the show’s website. You can also vote for your favorite team through the site.

Experts agree that healthy living—physical fitness and good nutrition, while not necessarily turning us into DWTS competitors, can certainly help us age well.

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Comments (1) -

  • Tim

    9/30/2012 2:07:01 AM | Reply

    I'd recommend anyone who followed the show, to go and check out Martina's dancing diaries, very motivational!

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