Monday, 28 January 2013

Why Bodybuilding at Age 93 is a Great Idea

At the age of 93, Charles Eugster is the world’s oldest bodybuilder – something he started at the young age of 87. “If you take up bodybuilding in old age you will add not only years to your life but also life to your years,” he said.  As Eugster points out in his speech at TedxZurich, inactivity is to blame for many the diseases we encounter later in life. Being active physically, socially, and mentally are key components to successful aging and help you remain engaged in life.

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From the TedXZurich site:

Of the recent changes that the human race has experienced, the increasing population numbers are especially dramatic and worrying coupled with the frightening great and continuous increase in obesity and the resultant diabetes pandemic. A particular amount of attention has been given to the rapid and continuing growth of longevity. Yet our knowledge of the aging process is still very limited as what we observe is the result of a health-destroying lifestyle. Retirement creates invalids. Chronic disease is rampant in old age resulting in such enormous medical costs that should present trends continue, together with the diabetes pandemic, some countries could become bankrupt. Diabetes is already an international public health issue and inactivity is one of the biggest killers. The loss of wasted human potential and wealth is already immense.

Successful aging requires work, diet and exercise. The huge mental and physical potential of the aged remains unexplored. Bodies can now be rebuilt at any age and a new life started. Beauty kings and queens in the 80-year-old category or a beach body at the age of 94 are not impossible. We will all, regardless of age, have to take greater responsibility for our own health in order to confront the immense challenges confronting the human race.