Age Is Just a Number…

7 Nov

I saw a great video this morning about the New York Marathon’s oldest participant. John Mendez is 90 years and walked the 26.2 mile race today with his grandson. I am inspired by anyone who attempts the marathon as a runner or a walker, but this man blew me away.

Age really is just a number folks. I hear so often from young people already calling themselves too old to do something. Whether it’s travel, learn a new language, take up a new sport/exercise or trying a new hobby, you are truly never too old for anything unless you let yourself think so. Our bodies are built to endure and overcome so many obstacles. Acting and believing you’re young will keep you that way well into your 90s.

My dad started losing weight when I did 3 years ago at the age of 64. Today, he is still going to the gym 5 days a week and can climb 200 stories on the Stair Master at the age of 67. He is in the best shape and health of his life. He never lets his age stop him from doing anything or trying something  new.

This is a mentality that needs to be adopted by more people, especially when it comes to exercise and fitness. Exercise keeps us young and healthier longer. You can start at any age, it’s never too late. If you are older, check with your doc to make sure it’s safe, but otherwise get out there and be active.

Go for a walk with your favorite pooch, pal or significant other. Enjoy a nice fall bike ride. Get some 5lb dumbbells and do some bicep curls during your favorite TV show. Being physically active for as little as 15 – 20 minutes per day can make a difference in improving your overall health.

Check out John Mendez’s story and think twice before you think you’re too old to hit the gym!

2 Responses to “Age Is Just a Number…”

  1. perfectperfectionist November 7, 2010 at 6:54 PM #

    Great post! My partner’s Gran has just started hitting the gym, and she’s over lady. She’s a tough, intimidating old bird, pretty inspiring.

    • Noel D. November 8, 2010 at 5:39 AM #

      That is awesome for grandma! It really is never too late. Granted you have to take precautions if you start older, but your body will thank you for it in so many ways. And so will your doctor and insurance company! LOL

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