Hi, I’m Betsy Ogden, founder of The Art of Going Gray and creator of the signature ﬁtness class, Pilates Gone Gray!
I believe, with all my heart, that the years after 50 are full of promise. And I know that it takes a foundation of health and ﬁtness to take advantage of everything life has to offer.
I want to live in a world where women over 50 feel vibrant, vital, healthy and strong!
I want to help you learn how to take care of your amazing body so you can wake up every day feeling physically fit and healthy, with energy to burn.
I know you have places to go and things to do, and I’ll help you get there.
Who You Are
You are a self-determined woman over 50 who wants to stay healthy and vital for the next 30+ years.
You expect to stay vibrant and active and you believe that being ﬁt and healthy is a non-negotiable prerequisite if you are going to get the most out of life. You’ve been told that 60 is the new 40. But you don’t really want to be 40 again. You want to be healthy, strong and BETTER than ever! After all, what were all those years of experience for if not to live a life you love?
What We Do Together
I know the challenges that life after 50 presents and I want to share what I’ve learned to help you spend the next 30+ years living a life you love. I’ll cut through the hype about health and ﬁtness for women over 50 and offer it to you in a way that is easy and not overwhelming.
I’ll ‘get’ you and create a ﬁtness plan that is tailored to YOUR unique strengths and challenges.
We’ll work together to create one-of-a kind health and fitness program that sustains and energizes you for the best years of your life.
From our work together you’ll get:
- A workout that ﬁts YOU!
- Nutrition tips that have you feeling more energetic than ever.
- Online Pilates workouts to do anywhere, anytime.
- Support along the way for this amazing journey you are about to take!
So let’s get going. You can do this. And I can help.
I’ve been active all my life. Truth is, I was just lucky plain to be wired with a love for movement. As a kid I climbed trees, skied, swam, rode bikes, hiked and took dance lessons. Always on the go!
As a young adult I became a professional modern dancer for over 10 very happy years. When I hung up my dancing shoes, physical therapy became my career and in 2002 I became a certiﬁed Pilates practitioner. It wasn’t long before I combined my years of experience into a private physical therapy and Pilates practice where I could teach what I loved – movement.
But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Along the way, there have been hard lessons learned about health, ﬁtness and just how to keep going.
In 1990 a back injury stopped me in my tracks. It was the first time I ever had to start from scratch and figure out how to sit, stand and walk, much less exercise!
I tried many ways to get back to my life and set myself back often. I learned to be patient, to listen to and nourish my body, and to move forward slowly, steadily. To this day, this is a lesson I teach again and again to my clients, with great success.
By the time I hit my 40’s I was more ﬁt than I had been in my 30s. I assumed I would be one of those Baby Boomers who redeﬁned what it meant to grow older. I bought into the idea that 60 was going to be my new 40.
Boy was I wrong!
When I hit 50, I was NOT prepared for the physical changes that menopause and aging brought to my world.
Hot ﬂashes and sleepless nights took their toll. It was tough to get through my work day, much less stay on a regular exercise program. My body started to morph into a blob, my joints began to creak and I despaired that I had to accept that this was the start of a long, slow downhill slide. I struggled to ﬁnd answers. Supplements, sleep hygiene, anti-inﬂammation diet, gluten-free diet, meditation. Nada. I was spending all my time feeling lousy and trying not to.
Then, at 56, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgery and radiation, then months of healing, physically and mentally. A journey, not of my choosing, but a forced march that changed me in ways I could not have imagined.
Today, I’m proud to say that I have met some big health challenges and I’m stronger, more active and healthier than ever.
I’ve taken all I have learned, my experience and my training and poured it into The Art of Going Gray, a community, where women over 50 can truly get strong and healthy.
Here’s the bottom line:
- You’ve got nothing if you don’t have your health.
- Healthy is a way of life. Being ﬁt and eating well are not negotiable.
- This aging stuff is a whole new ballgame with a whole new set of rules for staying healthy.