Reading Time: 2 minutes 'I’ve found over the years that I recover way faster when I consume a plant-based diet' Credit: Supplied to Plant Based News
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When the sports culture Instagram page House of Highlights shared a video of 61-year-old Lenworth Anderson mid-workout to it’s more than 22 million followers, the reaction was one of awe. 

Amongst them were his two sons, both professional athletes and inspired by their vegan father’s lifestyle and impressive fitness.

One user said the vegan athlete looks ‘all of 25-years-old’. Lenworth credits his strength to his plant-based diet and says it has allowed him to excel.

Lenworth Anderson’s story

Whilst he has ‘always’ been passionate about fitness, switching his diet to plant-based was a natural progression. It allows him to keep up a ‘rigorous’ routine consisting of martial arts and resistance training.

He told PBN: “I came to the realization that just like every other living species on planet earth, we humans also have been provided a food source by nature.

“And in order to evolve to our true potential, we need to follow nature’s diet for us. Our progress is often hampered by the ability to recover quickly enough from the last workout.

“Remarkably enough I’ve found over the years that I recover way faster when I consume a plant-based diet, and in particular fruits that have seeds and vegetables that have no starch.”

Social media awe

Lenworth regularly shares his workouts via his own Instagram account.

Lenworth says eating a plant-based diet has enabled him to excel

Inspiring professional athletes

One of Lenworth’s sons is a professional basketball player for the Leicester Riders. Jamell Anderson is currently vegetarian but says he is making the transition to veganism to follow in his father’s footsteps.

‘My dad has been a huge inspiration in my life from eating healthy to living healthy. People like my dad are living breathing proof of the upside [of being vegan].

‘I truly believe he is exactly what the vegan community and fitness and health community would want as an ambassador’, he told PBN.

Another of Lenworth’s sons is S.S. Lazio professional athlete and soccer player, Djavan Anderson.

‘Clearly, he’s lead the way with fitness and health for us both’, Jamell added.

Vegan strength

Lenworth hopes to continue inspiring people to ‘reach their true potential through health and fitness’. 

‘As my journey continues, hopefully, this will inspire others to reach their true potential and not be led like sheep to just eat and eat and eat with no real benefit to their bodies’, he said.

More and more professional vegan athletes are coming forward to share their own stories of success and strength after a plant-based diet allowed them to feel their best.

Moreover, documentaries such as The Game Changers are educating more people of the benefits athletes experience when they give up meat and dairy.

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.