Discover the Extraordinary Seniors Showing Age Is Just a Number

The majority of people believe that getting old means they’ll have to slow down, and live less active lives. This isn’t the case, however, and the World Health Organization even recommends that people aged 65 or over should exercise. They say older adults should commit to moderately intensive aerobic exercise for 150 minutes throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise throughout the week. It would be fair to say that some younger adults don’t do this much exercise throughout the week, despite the fact it will help to improve their fitness and reduce their risk of depression. There are some seniors who might surprise you, though.

The Weightlifters

Just because people get old, doesn’t mean they should stop taking care of themselves. In fact, it will do you more good to be active, even if you’re a senior. Take grandmother Shirley Webb, who is 78-years old. She is from East Alton, Illinois, and she weightlifts. Before starting to lift weights, Shirley needed help to get up from the floor, however, now she is more than capable of lifting herself, and much more. Shirley actually managed to deadlift a barbell weighing 225-pounds.

Then there’s the 91-year old weightlifter from Arizona. Sy Perlis has broken records in his age category. Sy didn’t start to lift weights until he was 60, and a senior, just like Shirley. Now, he’s managed to lift 187.2-pounds, a record for the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters. Sy has also had previous success, too, winning the state title in 2009, and world titles in 2010 and 2011.

The Marathon Man

It isn’t just weightlifting that seniors are getting involved in. Running has also become popular, and 85-year old Ed Whitlock competes in marathons. He says that he doesn’t train to win, but instead to just race well. However, that doesn’t stop him from breaking records when he does race. Ed recently completed a marathon in under 4 hours, which broke the world record in the 85-plus category. Ed broke the record by over 30 minutes in the end, a staggering achievement by any standards, and even more so when you consider his age.

Why Stay Active?

In the end, it’s best to stay active as it improves our health. The Mayo Clinic says exercising reduces the likelihood of developing chronic diseases, so you shouldn’t stop exercising just because you’re getting older. Being active will likely extend your life, and keep you feeling young.