An 81-year-old German girl has turn out to be a TikTok sensation attributable to her health and dance movies.
Erika Rischko from Langenfeld, close to Cologne, has 131.8K followers on TikTok, having joined in spring 2020 when Germany was in lockdown in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
She instructed Insider she “by no means ever” imagined her movies would obtain a lot consideration although.
Rischko describes herself as a “health junkie” who “likes to work out and dance with my hubby.”
Her husband Dieter, who’s 82 in April, often joins Erika in her movies, and the duo have taken on most of the largest TikTok dance challenges of the previous yr.
Nevertheless it’s Rischko’s health that has wowed lots of her followers — she often posts movies of herself performing planks, weight-lifting, and understanding along with her TRX.
Having not fallen in love with train till her 50s, Rischko desires folks to know it is by no means too late to get match.
“I’m a late bloomer,” she instructed Insider. “My daughter signed me up at a fitness center once I was 55 and since then I’ve been exercising often. I like to combine it up — TRX, DeepWork, spin lessons, weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, and practical health. But, if I needed to decide only one, it could be practical health.”
Regardless of TikTok’s association with Gen Z, the octogenarian has fallen in love with it.
“At first I actually benefit from the app, it’s so a lot enjoyable,” she mentioned. “Secondly, I like a problem and I actually take pleasure in these duets, after which there are all these nice feedback which in flip inspire me to submit extra movies. Additional, by now I actually hope to encourage folks regardless of their age to be extra energetic.”
Rischko mentioned the reactions she receives are “overwhelmingly optimistic.”
“I like feedback resembling ‘You’re an inspiration,’ ‘You show age is only a quantity,’ ‘Are you able to be my grandparents, please undertake me,’ and so on,” she mentioned. “I’m really honored and I nonetheless can’t imagine so many younger folks comply with me, like, and touch upon my movies.”
Rischko is “nonetheless in awe” when she seems to be on the views, shares, feedback, and likes on her posts: “It is very surreal,” she mentioned.
However Rischko is not the one senior fitness influencer — Joan MacDonald AKA Train With Joan began weight coaching aged 70 in January 2017 and now has 1.1 million followers on Instagram who comply with her exercises and journey.