Fit Beyond 50: Ten Inspirational Male Role Models
Living “fit” is common among the young.
But what about the “young at heart”?
The ideal for society is youth, marriage and family, then age and death. The myth that you start dying as soon as you’re born gives the majority of society a reason to give up their journey for youth as soon as they get married. But, as you’ll see below, there’s a growing trend to debunk that myth.
I dare you to compare your feats to the feats these Greats accomplish each day:
1. Larry Macon
Accomplishment: Ran his 113th marathon in one year and was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records at age 67.
Why he runs:
He doesn’t run to win. He runs to live. His pace is slower than others and he likes it that way. He gets to meet new people and socialize. And that’s what life is about for this full-time trial attorney
from San Antonio, who will do anything to make it to a race. Larry often runs 2-3 marathons in one weekend!
When’s the last time you ran more than one marathon at a time?
2. Don Wildman
Accomplishment: At age 75 was declared the “World’s Healthiest 75 Year Old”
Tough as Nails:
Instead of retiring from life when the founder of the now “Bally Fitness Club” retired from his profession, he continued his fitness quest: working out daily. His workouts aren’t just any workouts, though. You may find him in his home gym doing 3-hour all body workouts and then hitting the bike trails. Or you may find him surfing near his home.
Can you hang ten with this Phenom?
3. Marco Olmo
Accomplishment: At 58 years old, won the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, known as the toughest marathon race in the world.
It took Marco 30 years to win his first big race. But, in 2006, at 58 years old, Marco took the Grand Prize. He won the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc…the toughest marathon race in the world. His Kilamanjaro came when he won it for the second time in 2007.
Would you persist at a sport that if you knew it would take 30 years to ace it?
4. Tony Horton
Accomplishment: Tony’s the creator of the tremendous P90X fitness system.
A Way of Life:
Tony’s love of fitness helped him evolve from aspirations to become an actor to becoming one of today’s top fitness trainers. He may be hitting his mid 50’s but he’s just getting warmed up. As a trainer to the stars, Tony show no signs of slowing down just because time (and society) says he should.
What will you be doing at 54?
5. Charles Eugster
Accomplishment: He’s a 92 year old bodybuilder.
Not Looking for Youth:
“We’re told that old age is a continuous state of decline, and that we should stop working, slow down and prepare to die. I disagree. To me, a 65-year-old is young. I turn 92 this year. It is a frightening prospect – the law of averages is against me, and, yes, one day something will happen and that will be it. But until that day comes, I’m going to carry on working on my abs,” Charles told The Guardian. An inspirational story from a then 91-year old bodybuilder.
92 and looking great! What will you look like at that age?
6. Herbie Bowen
Accomplishment: Every day, he does 700 push ups, 10 sets of pull ups, and 10 sets of dips.
Just Like You:
Herbie is an average guy…just like you. He lives to workout and that’s what he does. Every. Day. 700. Push. Ups.
Can you do it?
7. Chuck Norris
Accomplishment: Spokesman for Total Gym, martial artist and all around badass.
As the endorser for Total Gym, at 72, he’s now been a USER of the Total Gym for 34 years. While his workout is varied, he spends 15 minutes on it every other day and will incorporate the treadmill or elliptical for 30 mins on those days. Other days, you can find him doing martial arts or swimming.
8. Herschel Walker
Accomplishment: At 50, he’s still an active MMA fighter.
Few people outside of the MMA arena know that Herschel Walker, a former football great, is now a 50 year old MMA fighter. He still trains daily with a routine that consists of a grueling 3500 sit ups, 150 pushups and 8-mile runs!
At your age, how do you compare?
9. Dr. Jeffry Life
Accomplishment: Uses hormone therapy to stay young through Cenegenics.
Dr. Life’s Life:
For Dr. Life, life consists of hormone replacement therapy in addition to his daily regimen of a healthy diet and strenuous exercise. At 73 years old, he’s the proud owner of a 30-year old body.
10. Mark Sissons
Accomplishment: Super active, super clean eating health leader in the nutritional supplement field.
What’s the Scoop:
Mark Sisson is a remarkable 58 year old inspiration for those of us seeking to live a fitness lifestyle. With the right tools and mindset, he achieves his fitness goals. Everyday Mark enjoys a giant salad from a 6 quart Tupperware and firmly believes in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. He eats clean and exercises 5-6 days a week and sleeps 7 hours a night. At 58, he loves snowboarding and runs a nutritional supplement business.
Are you as healthy as this 58 year old?
11. Mark Capurso
What’s the Scoop:
Mark turns 51 next month. He has been working out consistently since college–a combination of weight training, mountain biking and hiking. Diet regime – 5 small meals a day with an emphasis on lean protein. He is an Art Director and Landscape Photographer in Phoenix, AZ. And single!
There you have it in black and white…and full living color…living a healthy life doesn’t stop after 50…it only gets more intense. Where will your body be at age 50? Slumped down on the couch waiting for the end? Or zigging and zagging to escape it?
Have we missed someone who deserves a mention? Drop a comment below.
p.s Look out for next weeks post highlighting 10 inspirational female role models.