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German fitness grandma finds fame on TikTok

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Germany went into lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, Erika Rischko, now 81, posted her first 12-second video on TikTok in which she danced the popular Cha-Cha Slide line dance with her husband.

Since then, Rischko has uploaded more than 100 videos of herself doing exercises like planks and push-ups, as well as dancing, to encourage others to stay active during the lockdown.

“Get moving and do something! Don’t just sit in a corner and mop yourself up. It’s just the worst, ”she told Reuters.

She has amassed around 125,000 subscribers and over 2 million likes on the TikTok app, which is extremely popular among teens and is best known for its dance and lip-syncing routines and viral challenges.

In some of her music videos, which her daughter shoots for her, she trains alone and takes on fitness challenges posed by people who are decades younger than her.

In others, she and her husband, whom she met at a dance event years ago, are doing synchronized dance routines.

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