When it comes to fitness, Milind Soman is an inspiration for the whole world. But his 81-year-old mother – Usha Soman is the real fitness role model that our society needs more than ever.
In times, when social media is swamped with young fitness influencers, there is this 81-year-old woman, Usha Soman, who gives us major fitness motivation. Be it about push-ups or hiking or skipping or running, Milind Soman’s mother Usha has left everyone motivated.
We live in a country where for many women, family members’ health takes precedence over their own health. This it is important to have a role model who inspires women to take up fitness, irrespective of age.
Usha’sinspiring fitness journey started at the age of 60. She had just retired as a professor of biochemistry and was ready to pick up another challenge. It was then she took the leap and started trekking.
Now after almost 2 decades, Usha has become an inspiration not only for people in fitness but also for those who appreciate a healthier and happier life.
Last year, Milind shared a video on his Instagram where his “80 years young” mother Usha Soman left most women jaw dropped by doing not one, but 16 push-ups in one go. In the video shared on mother’s day, one could see the supermodel and fitness icon, Milind Soman doing push-ups alongside his saree-clad mother on the ground.
But it is not only us, who seeks fitness inspiration from Usha Soman. Even Milind Soman believes he has learned his fitness mantra from her. In his interview with Vogue, Milind Soman mentioned how his mother inspired his own fitness journey:
“My mom works very hard and does what she wants to, but never complains. Last year, we went to hike 350km for 20 days. She was really fast, much faster than I was myself,” he says. “And even if she has a problem in climbing steep hills, she doesn’t admit it. She keeps going.” Is that something the actor has learnt from her? “I don’t know if she has a fitness mantra, but mine is to keep moving and never give up. I think I’ve taken it from her because that’s how she is.”
Sharing about Usha’s immense mental strength, Milind further adds,
“She didn’t tell us any of them. She just got to it and kept moving forward. She is a private person and doesn’t talk much about herself. I might have got into fitness very early on in my life as compared to her, but her mental strength will still beat mine,”.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Usha Soman, who is inspiring millions of women across the globe to lead a healthy life.
In our society where women’s health has never been the priority, we need more fitness influencers like Usha Soman, who could inspire women to start focusing on their own physical fitness and mental health.
If you are one such influencer, please share your story with us.