We reveal the fitness philosophies of Tatler friends who still look fit in their golden years

Keeping a healthy fitness routine can be challenging, especially when you're just starting out. But there's a secret to staying fit and healthy even in your fifties, and our Tatler friends seem to have cracked the code. They are living proof that keeping a healthy diet regimen is still possible regardless of age.

To find out how these personalities have remained consistent, we asked them the burning question we all want answers to: "what's your fitness philosophy?"

1. Marilen González Elizalde

Marilen Gonzalez-Elizalde is a yogini and aromatherapist.

Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I have always been very mindful of keeping myself fit. From formal dance classes at a young age to finding my groove in aerobics and weight training in the '80s and '90s, and now to developing a solid and steady Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice over the last 20 years.

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Now that I am in my fifties, I will say that keeping fit is a way of life. It is not just about making sure that the body is physically fit. It is about keeping my mind, body and spirit in harmony. It is a daily commitment to oneself—to eat well, sleep well, have a spiritual practice and faith in God, to move your body, and to have a regular cleansing practice or detox of body, mind, and spirit. [It's] a daily mindful practice seven days a week.

2. Larry Ocampo

Larry Ocampo is the president and CEO of City Savings Bank.

Being fit gives me the energy and strength to be better at work and at play, and better in life overall. A consistent fitness regimen that is part of my lifestyle has worked best for me. It helps that the activities that keep me fit—running, cycling, swimming, and golf—are activities I enjoy on my own or with friends.

3. Ina Ayala

Ina Ayala is a comptetitive equestrienne.

I believe that the fitness activity you choose should make your heart sing. It should be something you look forward to and not a chore. Because if you love it, you will always show up for it. Eventually, from constant practice, you will be proud of how you change—stronger, not only in body but in mind and spirit.

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4. Fiona Ottiger

Fiona Ottiger is a part-time teacher and an impressive athlete who crossfits. 

These days, I am all about health. As I navigate through my "golden years", I put a lot of focus into a few important areas which I believe will help me live my best life as I get older. These are in no particular order: sleep, nutrition, training, and stress management.

In my mind, by investing in these today, I can hopefully have a long and active future enabling me to enjoy special moments with my family. I want to be able to keep up with the grandkids and then some! Find something you love which will help you commit long term. Think of it as a lifestyle change and enjoy the journey. It is never too late to begin!

5. Donnie Tantoco

Donnie Tantoco is the President of Rustan’s Commercial Corporation and Royal Duty Free Shops, Inc..

My fitness philosophy is to carve out time in your day during which there will be no higher priority for what I will do with that time than exercise. During that one or one and a half hour, exercise is more important than work, but of course, not [more important than] wife or kids if they need me. As much as possible, I try to make fitness a lifestyle that requires discipline and growth but also elements of fun, self-growth, and creativity. The reason fitness is a lifestyle and a mindset is because I try to have mutually reinforcing habits in whatever I do in my day and week that could have a positive or negative effect on my physical, mental, and spiritual fitness. I actually think spiritual fitness is the most important of all. Without spiritual strength and health, all other efforts I believe are ultimately wasted.

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My basic exercise is to run 10 kilometres at a slow "praying and thinking" pace about four to five times a week. I also do hip hop dancing for old men three times a week with an instructor. I started dancing five years ago when I turned 50, and I am really reaping the benefits of being more balanced, coordinated, even being more creative and imaginative now than when I was 35. I really like dancing because it has helped activate the way my brain works with my body; it has greatly improved the way I listen and am nourished by good music. I also love the conversations I have with my dance teachers who are great artists. They have enlarged my world in more ways than one.

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