Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. It doesn’t have to mean growing weaker, vulnerable and becoming more sedimentary. For a growing number of people age brings a new lease of strength, determination and athleticism.
It’s common for young people to challenge themselves physically but less so for elders. According to the Department of Health only 17% of men and 13% of women over the age of 65 are sufficiently active. Fortunately, in recent years there have been numerous cases of OAPs breaking the mould and changing stereotypes. Sure, they may appear frail, but don’t let their appearance fool you, they are anything but.
Meet 5 OAP’s who could run rings around you:
She didn’t take to an exercise regime until her late 80’s but now the 97-year-old thoroughly enjoys working out with her trainer Anton Mackey and is a big hit on instagram.
Dr Charles Eugster
A 34-time World Masters Rowing Championship competitor, gold medallist and three-times World Strenflex Champion . He can do 57 dips, 61 chin-ups, 50 push-ups and 48 abdominal crunches, each in 45 seconds…at 94 years old.
Sensei Keiko Fukuda
A 98 year old ninja. She became the first woman to earn Judo’s highest-degree black belt.
An 80-year-old who completed the Ford Ironman World Championship; 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon in one day.
Despite being 94 years old she is winning ballroom dance competitions and teaching multiple yoga classes a week.
There’s more to elder exercise than chairobics. After all, age is just a number.