USA TODAY's brand new series, 'The Essentials,' takes an intimate peek into the daily lives of high-profile personalities, opening with the 'Golden Bachelor' himself, Gerry Turner. At 72, Turner proves that age is no barrier to new beginnings. His recent engagement to Theresa Nist, 70, following the death of his wife in 2017, is a testament to this.
The Golden Equation of Life: Family, Cleanliness, and Activity
Based in Indiana, Turner lives near his daughters and granddaughters. Despite the glamour associated with his reality TV fame, he cherishes the tranquility of his lake house. He finds tranquility in the orderly, thanks to his trusted Swiffer WetJet, a necessary tool to combat the dirt his Goldendoodle, Dakota, occasionally brings in.
His diet reflects a balance between indulgence and health. His preferred sweet treat, Hudsonville's Traverse City Cherry Fudge ice cream, shares space in his pantry with bananas - a staple he consumes to keep leg cramps at bay.
Fitness: A Game of Genetics and Pickleball
Turner credits his fitness to a combination of good genes and an active lifestyle. He indulges in thrice-weekly pickleball sessions with friends, wielding his beloved Diadem Edge's carbon fiber pickleball paddle. His zest for life and commitment to fitness defy the stereotypes typically associated with his age.
From Dua Lipa to Kindle Thrillers: Turner's Entertainment Choices
Turner's entertainment choices are as diverse as his lifestyle. He enjoys the upbeat tunes of pop sensation Dua Lipa and immerses himself in thrilling narratives on his Kindle.
His lake house is more than just his home. It is a venue for family gatherings, a place where he can indulge in his love for jet skiing and grilling local favorite pork burgers.
Through Turner's story, we see a vibrant example of how age is just a number. His life, filled with family, cleanliness, an active lifestyle, and a healthy dose of entertainment, paints a vivid picture of the 'Golden Bachelor's' golden years.