Is it true when people say that age is just a number? Well, today, I watched a video that demonstrates just how accurate this statement is. If the last time you ran a sprint was in high-school, you will definitely want to watch this video of 95-year-old Charles Eugster setting a new world record for this distance. He is amazing!
There are so many things that I love about Charles Eugster’s story. For starters, according to an interview in the Huffington Post, Eugster has never really considered himself a runner. In fact, he only started training for his world record breaking attempt about a year before this video was filmed.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch Eugster’s record-breaking run. Then, let’s return to the discussion.
Eugster is a living example that age limitations are all in our heads. If he can start running in his 90s, what’s stopping the rest of us from getting to the gym in our 50s and 60s?
I don’t know about you, but, watching Charles Eugster run makes me want to lace up my own shoes and get out into the world.
The other thing that is so inspirational about Eugster is his attitude.
So many people think that the aging process is long, dark and depressing. Eugster’s sense of humor, passion and dedication show that this is complete nonsense.
During his HuffPost Live interview, he joked, “I like to think one can have a beach body at 90… I want to turn heads of the sexy 70-year-old girls on the beach.” Well, I for one think that this inspiring man would indeed turn heads at the beach, in the best possible way!
Calling retirement a “health catastrophe and a financial disaster,” Eugster says he hopes to be an inspiration to other retirees, showing that “anyone can start something new at any age.”
Today, let’s use Charles Eugster as inspiration to get in the best shape of our lives. Let’s challenge aging stereotypes and dedicate ourselves to our own passions. Let’s show the world that life after 50 is whatever you make it.
Do you think that age is just a number? Did you find Charles Eugster’s story inspirational? Do you think that we need to hear more stories like his to help us challenge aging stereotypes and look at the decades ahead with optimism? Please join the conversation.