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How To Stay Fit Even When You Are 100 Years Old?

January 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments ·
 
 

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I am not so sure whether I will be able to exercise when I am 100 years old, assuming I am able to live that long. Ida Wasserman celebrated her 100th birthday and this great grandmother started off her day in gym.  She does her stretching in her sweat suit and black orthopedic shoes. Then, she exercises her arm followed by 2 miles per hour on the treadmill before rowing for nearly 20 minutes. She also does leg presses and able to pull down 58 pounds of weight to tone her biceps.

Few years ago, doctor diagnosed Ida Wasserman with severe osteoporosis. She had to walk with a walker and doctor said she would not live long. Wasserman then moved to a retirement community to live with her daughter , Brueggeman, who likes exercising in gym. She asked her mum to get some muscles. That is the turning point.

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Wasserman started simple exercise with a simple chair using the television show, “Sit To Be Fit”. She also practiced walking upright using a ballet barre for balance. Training with resistance machines came at the later stage. After months of exercising, the results were dramatic. No more walker, no more hunched back.

Now, this 100 years old healthy woman work out 2 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

During an interview, she said, “I would say keep active, because once you stop being active, you are no longer much of a person.”

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Once we reach 30 years old, we will lose about 1 percent of muscle each year. So, to counter that loss, one should do weight training. In fact, muscles have higher metabolism which help in weight control.

So, wait no more.  Time to go to gym.

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7 responses so far ↓
  • Angie Tan // Jan 24, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Amazing!! I think joining the gym was the best decision I made in my short 30+years of life. ;-)

    It’s a lifestyle I know I will pursue until the end of my days.

    BTW, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  • hyperX // Jan 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    When people is 100 years old, he/she can barely move. What more you want to exercise in gym.

  • Tom Parker // Jan 25, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    Wow. The age thing is impressive but it’s also a great way to highlight the importance of exercise in overall health. The exercise helped Ida overcome the symptoms of severe osteoporosis.

  • gagreflex // Jan 27, 2009 at 1:34 AM

    she’s an inspiration to us all!

  • Lucy // Jan 27, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    The advantages of exercising regularly couldn’t be more clear!

  • Tom // Jan 29, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    I do a lot of trail racing, and one of the regular competitors is in his mid 70’s, to see him flying up a mountain side is amazing to watch.

  • Tammy // Dec 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    This lady is such an inspiration and i don;t feel like I am too old to exercise anymore. She is such a keader among women.

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