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‘Gave me motivation’ Ruth Langsford, 61, reflects on getting older amid fitness overhaul


Ruth Langsford, 61, had opened up about getting older as well as why she decided to get fit. The presenter explained how she had begun running as she detailed what gave her the “motivation” to do this.

Ruth admitted she felt pressure to keep running for those who were not able to.

She explained how someone with arthritis as well as someone with Parkinson’s had told her how they wished they could do the sport.

She said: “I felt a little bit like, ‘come on, you have got two legs and two arms and a body that can move.’

“You realise that you’re really lucky.”

Ruth explained: “I remember at a very young age, when I got my first job, of getting into store card debt.

“So I remember going to Chelsea Girl – as it was then – and buying one thing.

“Then there was something on the counter that said, ‘You can have £200-worth of clothes right now for just £5 a month!’

“And I was working and I was like, ‘That’s good actually!’ So I said to her, ‘Can I do that today?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’”

Ruth admitted this soon became “unmanageable” as she did the same thing with multiple shops.

The presenter admitted she was lucky as a bank manager helped her get out of debt.

She continued: “He called me in and said, ‘What’s going on here?’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’ve got these cards…’

“And he took the cards and he cut them up and said, ‘Right, this is what we’re going to do – I’m going to give you a loan, we’re going to pay all of those off and you’re never to use them again because you’re not using them properly.’”



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