Age is just a number

I just finished reading up a great (and inspiring) article in this past weekend’s New York Times Magazine.  (Yes, it’s taken me until Thursday, but it’s been a busy week).  Anyways, they profile a 91 year old female athlete who’s been breaking record after record in track and field events at Master competitions around the world.  For those of you who don’t know what those are, they are competitive sporting events for athletes over the age of 35.  Athletes compete with others their age, with some sports featuring athletes in the 91-99 age range (like this woman).

Scientists are studying her (and other athletes like her) to try and figure out the link between exercise and getting old.  The article goes into  much more detail than I will here, but there are a few things that stand out about this woman.

First, contrary to what you may think, she hasn’t been an athlete all her life.  She came to competition later in life after all her children were grown.  Just goes to show you it’s never too late to start.

Second, at 91, this woman tells the reporter she has the energy of a 50 year old…50!  That’s 41 years!  She credits that to her exercise routine.   I don’t know about you, but that’s all the motivation I need to keep dragging my butt to the gym.

You know what?  Maybe there is a fountain of youth and we’ve just been looking for it in the wrong place.  Maybe it’s already within us.


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