Who says you cannot run and compete in your 90’s; Read about these two amazing athletes.
Few runners continue to compete into their 60’s and 70’s and some of those who still occupy those athletic categories often find that when they compete, like one of our own patients, Jane Vaneewan, they get many awards but have few competitors as they go across the country competing in the senior USATF categories. Many older runners, like Jane find that their chiropractic care helps them stay on the road and compete as they age.
The most important thing I tell our patients is to take care of the machine (your body). As you age, there are changes that are inevitable to all of our body, yet some people abuse themselves to the point of no return and never go for help and advise when they need it. Others, just get bad advice by visiting the wrong people (orthopedics, primary doctors) who have little understanding of body mechanics, although they have been taught to believe that these doctors have the answers and they don’t. I would highly recommend everyone read my book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain which will demystify body mechanics and why most of us hurt and what we can do to get the right type of help to grow older in style.
Those who are running into their 90’s understand the importance of taking care of themselves, so their bodies can continue to tolerate sports such as track and field into their later years.
Read about them here:
Meet the 98-year-old 100m runner and his biggest rival (who’s 96)
From near-centenarian sprinters to septuagenerian marathon medallists, the World Masters Championships prove that age doesn’t have to slow you down
The Brazilian athlete Frederico Fischer is introduced to a cheering crowd, to the tune of a samba. He and his competitors walk to the start line, nerves jangling, all focused determinedly on the race ahead. The gun sounds; seconds later, it is over. Fischer, the oldest athlete in the field, is beaten by a younger rival, Charles Eugster. This is the men’s 100m dash, for 90-to-99-year-olds. Fischer is 98, Eugster 96.
Every athlete, from Olympian to Sunday-morning plodder, knows that at some point peak fitness will start to dwindle, and the aches and pains will begin to outweigh the gains. Many take it as a sign to hang up their spikes. For some, however, that moment never comes. Sure, the odds of major medals lengthen and dreams of personal bests fade, but it is always possible to just keep going. The masters attaking place this week in Lyon, France, date back to 1975. Women over 35 and men over 40 are considered “veterans” and are thus eligible to compete against others within five-year age bands. The competition is fierce. Among many disproving the axiom that age slows you down is Eugster, the nonagenarian British dentist, who won the 200m this week in 55.53 seconds.