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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #339. Sprinting at 100.
January 15, 2023
Sprinting at 100
The hometown newspaper where I live used to insert a weekend Parade supplement every Sunday. A couple of years ago, the feature was about the lifestyles of people who are alive at 100 or more. The lady on the cover was Ida Keeling who at 100 years old still ran sprints in senior track meets.
Ida set the world’s record in the 100-meter dash (17.33 seconds) for women 100 to 104 years old. They say that after she set the record she dropped to the ground and started doing push-ups. She stood at 4 feet 6 inches tall, and, surprisingly, didn’t begin running until she was 67.
Ida passed away at 105. Few of us will achieve her excellence. But we can all learn from her experience that it’s never too late in life to begin a fitness lifestyle and improve.
Here are the ways the Parade experts said will increase longevity:
Parade called them the “Secrets to Living to 100.”
Agreed. But there wasn’t much in Parade’s article that hadn’t already been said and underlined in books like Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones. Which details the lifestyles in certain places in the world where long lives are common. Even more important, Blue Zones are places where not only lifespans are longer, but where health-spans are longer, too. Jack LaLanne used to say that he didn’t care so much how long he lived; he cared more about how good he felt while he lived.
You can check yourself against the list of “secrets” to see how you stack up?
Personally, I would emphasize three things.
Those are my own thoughts. Do those three things and I believe most of the other good habits will more easily fall into place.
For bodyweight only exercise ideas, go here.
Stay healthy. Stay fit.
My Photographs: Subscribers have asked when the newsletter photo at the top of the page and my website pictures were taken. I’m 86 years old now. The photos were taken when I was a mere 70. Though I remain active, I am no longer nearly as muscular as I was 16 years ago. —LF
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