Keith Shaw, 72, of Calgary, flexed his biceps after winning the 200y breaststroke.
From news.google.com – August 11, 12:47 PM
Nearly 10,000 athletes from around the country descended on the Twin Cities for the 2015 National Senior Games.
The 15-day event included, yes, horseshoes and shuffleboard, but also basketball, long jump and swimming races among 800 events at 26 locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington.
These athletes — ranging in age from 50 to 101 — demonstrated their abilities for the chance to win gold and become national champions in their sport and age groups.
The National Senior Games began in 1987, drawing 2,500 athletes to St. Louis to compete in 15 sports. Held every other year, the Games have become a magnet for seniors from around the country; the 2013 edition in Cleveland attracted 10,800 competitors, including 111 from Minnesota.
Donald Thomsen’s insight:
WHEN ARE YOU TOO OLD TO COMPETE?
Unbelievably, 10,000 Senior Athletes — ranging in age from 50 to 101 — demonstrated their abilities for the chance to win gold and become national champions in their sport and age groups.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
They look normal but, they sure don’t act normally.
There are over 8o million men and women over the age of 50, just in the US.
The customary tendencies of this age group is to retire and “do as little as possible” to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Our attitude seems to be, “Hey I worked hard all my life, I owe it to myself to, just take it easy and enjoy life . . . I’ve earned it.”
The fallacy of that analogy is; “How long can you really enjoy life, if you are not reasonably, physically fit or mentally alert?”
WHY ARE THEY IN THE MINORITY?
Using these 10,000 senior athletes as examples, what has inspired them to continue to rail against nature and the aging process with its inevitable, insidious, degeneration and maladies?
What sane person would want to spend torturous hours in some smelly gym or hours of training at all times of the day, just to compete in some meaningless sporting venue?
Just contemplating that level of commitment, makes me want to take a nap.
WHY DO THEY DO IT?
Here’s one example of the many participants;
Sherwood Sagedahl, 76, of Fairmont, Minn., He holds two world records in his age group for the outdoor pentathlon, this event is made up of the:
- long jump,
- 200-meter run,
- discus and
- 1,500-meter run.
He’ll be competing at the Senior Games and said he finds joy in pushing himself to do his best.
When asked ,Sherwood reply’s, “You can still do better than you think you can do, even at this age,” he said. “I surprise myself sometimes.”
You know the decline is inevitable, and part of the challenge is to limit that decline, he said., “To not accept it gracefully.”
Does it take a “SPECIAL” person to make that kind of commitment?
It’s well known fact that among the physical changes that come with age:
- Less endurance due to decreased lung capacity, which makes it harder to get oxygen into the bloodstream;
- Loss of muscle mass and strength,
- Declining testosterone levels in men.
In addition, tendons and muscles get stiffer as the body ages, making them more susceptible to injury.
With all these pitfalls . . . WHY TAKE CHANCES OF IRREPARABLE DAMAGE?
Even though muscle mass diminishes with aging, strength training and sensible nutrition can restore it.
Folks, over 50, can reap more meaningful benefits and rewards from a simple 30-45 minute daily commitment; 6 days a week; for 12 weeks – than the younger generations.
All this can be accomplished without leaving the house.
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