81-year-old woman from Germany becomes social media fitness wizard

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A video of gran went viral after she shared a 12-second video of her dancing the popular Cha-Cha Slide with her husband. Erika Rischko, 81, from Langenfeld, Germany uploaded the video for a laugh but it proved a hit on the social sharing app, which is hugely popular among teenagers and is best known for dance and lip-syncing routines.

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When Germany stopped following the outbreak of the ongoing situation last spring, Erika Rischko, now 81 years old, posted her first 12-second video in which she danced the popular Cha-Cha Slide line dance with her husband.

Since then, Rischko has uploaded more than 100 videos of herself doing exercises like planks and pull-ups, as well as dancing, to encourage others to remain active during lockdown. She also shares her videos on Instagram.

“Move and do something! Don’t just sit in a corner and mope. That’s just the worst,” she told Reuters”. She has amassed around 125,000 followers and more than 2 million likes on the video, which is hugely popular among teenagers and is best known for dance and lip-syncing routines and viral challenges.

In some of her clips, which her daughter shoots for her, she trains by herself and takes on fitness challenges set by people who are decades younger than her. In others, she and her husband, whom she met in a dancing event years ago, do synchronized dance routines.

Rischko said she was especially encouraged by the comments that young people post in the app, cheering her on. “I’m really happy. I’ve never been as self-confident as I am now,” she said.

Erika who has been dubbed the ‘fitness gran’ is making the best use of her newfound fame by sharing other videos of her fitness and dance routine. She has now uploaded more than 100 videos of herself doing exercises like planks and pull-ups, as well as dancing, to motivate others to remain active while staying at the homes.

Published by Riya Sharma on 27 Feb 2021

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