49-year-old blows everyone away with her youthful looks

If we're perfectly honest with ourselves, who hasn't dreamed of eternal youth? Not a wrinkle in sight, a firm, toned body, glowing skin, radiant eyes and the admiration of people from all over the world. But the aging process is simply a fact of life, and so far it has not been in our reach to be able to change this. But when you take somebody like Liu Yelin, a woman from China, you really could start to question whether eternal youth is in fact so inaccessible to us humans. If you were to guess, how old would you say this woman is?

Most people would say she was in her mid 20s, which couldn't be further off the mark. This woman, believe it or not, is actually almost 50!

People are usually shocked and find it hard to believe when they find out her true age. But it is true. And not only that, she has a 22-year-old son.

When people who don't know her see her walking down the street beside him, they often mistake her son for her boyfriend.

So, what's her secret? Keeping fit and staying active. As a fitness fanatic, Liu attributes her youthful looks to regular exercise, which she has been doing for over three decades now. Her life's motto is: "If you think you look rough, that's because you haven't sweated enough."

While Lui is largely praised for her youthful looks, she is often mobbed by strangers who are either jealous and skeptical of her or are eager to find out her secrets.

On Instagram, the super-fit mom is already conquering the hearts of the Chinese public and has tens of thousands of fans. Although she has enviable olive skin and a flawless complexion, Liu rarely uses cosmetics or wears makeup.

Her favorite pastime is swimming outdoors in the winter."When everyone was wearing down jackets, I had to strip down to my bikini and dive into freezing water. It's a test for my will and perseverance. I often had to force myself to do it," she said.

She swims in the lake and does weight training daily, a rigorous exercise regime that she has stuck to for thirty years now. She strongly believes her tough workout has sharpened her character and made her the strong, straightforward person she is today. In March 2016, she set herself a challenge: to swim across the Strait of Malacca, which she successfully did in four hours.

She is very proud of her accomplishments and after such a life-changing experience she is now thinking about her next adventure. The woman with the dream body might just pack her bags and head for Europe to travel around for a while.

With such tremendous willpower, Lui will surely succeed in everything she sets out to achieve. Even though she is obviously blessed with good genes, it is most certainly her determination and joie de vivre that keeps her young. But who knows, maybe she has actually discovered the secret of eternal youth?

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