My friend Elizabeth believes that no good come from exercising. With every injury I’ve endured in the twelve years since I began running and doing triathlons, she gives me that knowing look and shakes her head and then repeats the words as if they are her mantra, “I told you no good ever comes from exercising.”
She’s wrong, of course. There are plenty of good reasons to exercise. For one, you can eat more donuts. Exercising increases your metabolism and helps you burn calories at a faster rate. It helps relieve stress. It improves your cardiovascular health.
It also increases your longevity. Just ask Olga, the world’s greatest (94 year-old) athlete.
Seventeen years ago, at the age of 77, Olga Kotelko entered her first “masters” track and field competition. Today, at 94, she has over 700 gold medals and holds 26 world records and is the only woman in the world over 90 still long-jumping and high-jumping competitively.
Her secret? Good genetics? Researchers don’t think so. According to scientists at Genome Sciences Center in B.C. Canada, only about 25% of a person’s longevity can be attributed to genetics. The rest is determined by a person’s activity level.
Take a look at this video of the adorable granny from Vancouver, Canada.
I personally would like to know if Olga is up for adoption. I mean, I don’t have any grandparents, and she’s so cute I’d like to just squeeze her and kiss her.
What about you? Do you live an active lifestyle? What motivates you to keep moving?