Seeing a car accident happen in front of me on Boxing Day was a shock. Fortunately it wasn’t a bad one and neither occupant was seriously hurt. I was driving up north back to the campground, when a car traveling towards me drove off the side of the road into a bank. I stopped the car and the girls (daughter and friend) and I ran to check it out and see if anyone was hurt. An older man had nodded off and veered off the road, his passenger was an elderly woman. The man managed to get out of the car by climbing over to the back seat, the woman however pronounced she was going to be 77 next week and that she was very old and not very mobile. She stayed in the car and emergency services were called.
What struck me was the way she spoke of her age and immobility – the inevitability that age slows you down, makes you overweight, weak and unable to carry out everyday activities.
In contrast are my mother and father who are 79 and 80, who come camping with us. My father is a psychiatrist who still works part time, has a mind as is sharp as a tack, he keeps up with relevant medical advances in his field, and can speed through Sudoku puzzles and attend a conversation at the same time. He and my mother cycle, tramp 10 hours week, and eat a paleo-ish diet. (They add gluten free rice bread). Despite a painful back injury my mother pushes herself to keep active and we all hiked up a steep hill (20 minutes fast up) every day. A different attitude to age.
As long as I continue to have any say in the matter – I will NOT succumb to the old age mindset that is so prevalent.
You and I do not need to get weak, sick and suffer osteoporosis or any of the other issues linked with age. All the tools and knowledge are available to us.
And for inspiration – here are clips of women in their 70’s who are strong, and look amazing.
A 70 year old powerlifter, she deadlifts 288 pounds (131kg) and bench presses 188 pounds (85.5kg)
And here are two more women over 70
“I don’t need any help when I carry my groceries”
So girls (and boys) – keep eating well, keep learning new things, socialise, sleep a lot, play, sprint and lift heavy.