Make it Happen Monday: Do it Like the Ninetysomethings

18
Apr
2011

I’ve seen a lot of people in their 20’s who’ve basically given up on their bodies.  They have passed the point where they didn’t have to do any work in order to keep a good looking and pain free body.  But when it became something they had to work at…they gave up on it.

It’s not totally their fault.  The fast paced life we live in does not create a lot of opportunities for health and fitness.  Forget about time to stretch or meditate.  But still I see person after person who do not take care of themselves.

Then I think back to my Grandpa on his 98th birthday (RIP Grandpa Pete, who would have been 99 this week).  I see the resistance bands and weights.  I learn about a man who wants more than the so called fitness classes being held at his care home.  A 98 year old man who tells his Family to forget about giving him socks and underwear as gifts….”give me fitness equipment” he says.  Sometimes he works out twice in a day.

Now why would a 98 year old care to do this?  Well, in his early 90′s he saw himself starting to hunch over a little bit and knew that it was up to him to make things better.  “You have to stretch the muscles” he tells us.  You know it, Grandpa.

I’m very proud of my Grandpa, and the life that he led.  Finding the time for fitness may not be difficult for him, but I can bet that the energy is probably not that of the twentysomethings I mentioned earlier.  If you ever need something to kick your butt into action….stop for a second and think about how some of the ninetysomethings are  doing it.

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  • Myrna CG Mibus

    I want to grow up to be like your Grandpa. You were lucky to have such a role model in your life.

    • http://twitter.com/lovingthebike Darryl

      It’s funny, when I was younger he wasn’t really much of an influence on me and we weren’t very close. It was only in the past 5 or 10 years that I realized how amazing he was and the motivation that he was able to give off. Thanks for your comment.

      • http://www.goingforthegreen.net Dave Krentz

        Reminds me a bit of “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics. But happier … good on ya!

        • http://twitter.com/lovingthebike Darryl

          Thanks Dave.

  • http://twitter.com/bgervais Brady

    What an inspiring fella!

    • http://twitter.com/lovingthebike Darryl

      Thanks Brady….yeah, in a quiet sort of way he was very inspiring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Starry/100000742238449 Tim Starry

    Old Guys Rule!!!

    • http://twitter.com/lovingthebike Darryl

      Hahaha, yes they do. I’m happy to have some strong genes in my family.

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