Living Fit is common among the young. But what about the Young At Heart?
The ideal for society is youth, marriage and family, then age and death. The myth that you start dying as soon as you’re born gives the majority of society a reason to give up their journey for youth as soon as they get married. But, as you’ll see below, there’s a growing trend to debunk that myth.
Sam Bryant Jr. At Age 70 – Champion Bodybuilder From Georgia
People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized that it’s a state of mind that makes you old. Age is just a number. In a year most people — the majority of people — give a reason not to do anything, you know? I hear a lot of people telling me to wait until I get their age, and then I tell them how old I am and then it’s kind of embarrassing. I tell them to make a point — that the inactivity and the thought process is what makes them old. … Your subconscious mind reads your conscious mind. If you start thinking you’re old, subconsciously your conscious mind is going to grab hold of that. Then you’re body is going feel that it’s old. Then you’re going to start acting old, feeling old — and you’re old. –Sam Bryant Jr.
Dr. Jeffry Life – Proud Owner Of A 30-Year Old Body At Age 73
In 1997, I entered a new realm of thinking that completely changed my life, both personally and professionally. For 30 years, I had been a board-certified family practice physician—totally steeped in the conventional, disease-based, fix-it when- it’s-broken medical approach we’re all familiar with. And I had a flabby, overweight body back then to prove it. But I wanted more out of life—something beyond my father’s version of aging. And I found it. –Dr. Jeffry Life
Ernestine Shepherd – Oldest Competitive Female Bodybuilder At Age 76
It does sadden me when I see overweight people struggling to walk and not trying to exercise. I want to tell them that it is amazing what we can do when we put our minds to something, regardless of age. Age is nothing but a number and it shouldn’t stop you doing anything. — Ernestine Shepherd
Jim Morris, Vegan Bodybuilder, 77 Years Young
At one point I was getting cortisone injections directly into both elbows every week. The arthritis kept me awake at night. Since becoming vegan all my health problems have completely disappeared. Most miraculously, after wearing eyeglasses for 35 years, my sight improved to where I only wear them on rare occasion for extremely small print. I no longer take any medication. I do take a weekly injection of Testosterone and vit B-12. My yearly checkups are perfect. — Jim Morris
Ray Moon [80 years] – Oldest Competing Bodybuilder
Give up never ever won a race. I hit a hurdle a couple of years ago and then I walked past this gym. I thought ‘I might get up here and get my head together’ and that’s how I started. I’m nowhere nearly as good as these fellows who are 50 or 60. But age is no barrier. Life is what you make it. — Ray Moon
Bernice Mary Bates – 91 Year Old Yoga Teacher
Anything you do for your body that’s good is going to enhance improvement in your religion too. You get more faith that way. — Bernice Mary Bates
Dr Charles Eugster [93 yrs] – World’s Fittest Pensioner
At the venerable age of 93, the world’s fittest pensioner dentist Dr Charles Eugster is gearing up for three international fitness championships this year.
I’ve never done athletics before, it was something new. You can start something new at any age, it doesn’t matter how old you are. — Dr Charles Eugster
Fauja Singh At Age 100 – World’s Oldest Marathon Runner
I am not a learned person in any shape or form. To me, the secret is being happy, doing charity work, staying healthy and being positive. If there’s something you can’t change then why worry about it? Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running. — Fauja Singh
Ruth Kobin Doing Stretches And Pilates At Age 100
“Just get down there on the floor and exercise. Just do it!” That’s what I say. It’s true, actually. I live alone and take care of myself, and I do my own cooking except when I’m out, and there are many days when I don’t feel like doing it but I push and I make myself do it. It’s not easy, but I know how beneficial it is and how I really need it. My body tells me: “You need it, do it.” — Ruth Kobin
Do you have any excuse for not LIVING FIT? Remember that excuses provide an easy way to avoid exercising. The faster you work toward eliminating those excuses, the closer you’ll be to living a healthier, more active life.