I’m inspired, feeling energetic, younger, and ready to set up newer fitness goals! Want to know why, read on!
If you ask someone whether they plan to keep exercising into their senior years, the typical answer you will get is – “Don’t know, though I would love to continue exercising, I guess I won’t be able to do it forever. So maybe I’ll have to limit myself to walking.”
Never allow that thought comes to your mind. Instead, let me introduce you to the awe-inspiring Diane “Flash” Friedman (not pictured).
She is an unbelievable kind of gal.
Let’s talk about the sort Diane sprints across during a high-speed road race. She is 100 years old and the world’s fastest woman over 100. This year, she broke two world records – in the 100-meter sprint and the 200-meter sprint, both for the 100 to 104-year-old age group. And she did not stop at that; she also broke the US javelin record in the same age category.
Wow. How fast is Diane?
Diane finished the 100 meters race this year in just thirty-six seconds. That’s three seconds faster than the previous record-holder, 105 years old Julia, her archrival and fellow American.
And here I am, worrying about fitness at 69. I’m awesomely inspired.
You can find many fantastic examples of older athletes everywhere.
In America, Sister Madonna Buder, the “Iron Nun,” entered her first triathlon at fifty-two and is still competing at 91.
Or the old Japanese alpinist, eighty-eight years old Yuichiro Miura. He, at 70, became the oldest person to summit Mount Everest – then repeated the same feat at 80. The badass grandpa is currently making a plan to ski down another colossal Himalayan peak.
And New York Crossfit legend, 81-year Jacinto Bonilla, whose grueling workouts of the day can demolish a gym diehard half his age.
Forget twenty-something fitness gurus. These oldies are serious fitness influencers. I want to meet one and seek their wisdom.
Meet Michael Wilkinson from Sydney; he is a remarkable certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and Pilates teacher. He’s a robust 80 and living proof – and you will be inspired to kick fitness goals all through your entire life.
Do these oldies have a secret?
Though all are healthy eaters and dedicated exercisers, mainly it’s attitude. They challenge the out-of-date belief that one can’t improve fitness and flexibility after a certain age. They just decide not to stop.
I’m inspired, feeling energetic, younger, and ready to set up newer fitness goals!
Always remember age is just a number. You can win again.
About Author: Renu Bakshi, AKA Fitness Buffhq, is ISSA Certified Elite Trainer. He passed Personal Fitness Trainer Course, Nutrition Health Coach course & Specialist Exercise Therapy course from ISSA, USA obtaining + 97% marks. He shares his experience and knowledge about nutrition and effective workouts to get you in the best shape of your life, no matter how old you may be. The author says: “For me, age is just a number!”