Staying active becomes more daunting as we age. Our minds and bodies tell us that we are simply too old to accomplish certain physical feats. But, is this what our reality should be? According to some extraordinary individuals, the answer is, “no”.
Humans are capable of much; age does not stop that. To prove this point, MSN published a video showcasing six senior athletes. The sports featured include: cycling, swimming, powerlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics.
Here are six reasons why you should not give up on being active!
- Ida Keeling (102-years-old): set a world record in the 100-meter race at the Penn Relays; completed her first race at 67-years-old.
- Paul Tetrick (86-years-old): won more than 12 USA Cycling Time Trial Championships.
- Willie Murphy (77-years-old): won the World Natural Powerlifting Federation’s Lifter of the Year Award in 2014. She says powerlifting gives her, “a little edge in life”.
- Johanna Quaas (92-years-old): oldest gymnast in the world; started the sport at 50-years-old and entered her first competition at 56-years-old.
- Pat Gallant-Charette (66-years-old): oldest woman to swim the English Channel.
- Jacinto Bonilla (78-years-old): oldest competitor at the 2011 CrossFit Games.
At Presbyterian Senior Care of WNY, we believe in making exercise an option for all our residents. Exercise programs are offered at all of our locations: Presbyterian Village at North Church, Lockport Presbyterian Home, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village.
If you have any questions on what these programs entail, contact us; we would love to help!