Wow! The world has just turned upside down! Almost no-one who will be reading this will ever have experienced anything remotely like this. Our website promotes health in later life through strength and fitness. The people we have met and interviewed over the years are already living a life that goes against conventional wisdom about being older - so they are thinking outside the box in the first place. We know therefore that all SGSC athletes will take on this challenge as imaginatively as they approach life in general.
We ourselves are sticking to a daily routine which involves running outside and doing strength work in the house. We are also making sure we do plenty of stretching to keep ourselves as supple as possible. It seems to us that regularity is the key.
We realise more than ever how lucky we usually are to have so much freedom to live, train and do the sports that we love. In the future when all this is over, on days when we don’t want to push ourselves so hard we will be aware of how fortunate we are to have that choice.
Maybe the lock-down will even bring new people to experience the benefits of exercise and hopefully they will continue the habit once this crisis is passed.
Stay strong, stay healthy. Life’s a Game - Keep Playing!
On The Pinboard you will find stories from the media and other sources that will interest and inform you.
Most people, including ourselves, wouldn’t consider athletics an extreme sport, so we haven’t covered it a great deal on Silver Grey Sports Club. However, we came across this video of the final of the women’s 100m in the 50-54 age-group from the World Masters Athletics (WMA) meeting in Perth, Australia in 2016. Looking at these athletes you can have no doubt that the strength and fitness required for participating in age-group athletic competition does very much crossover with some of the ideas we believe in - that there is no age limit to keeping your body in exceptionally good shape and enjoying everything that being in the best physical shape brings with it.
Ray Wooley, aged 95, has set a new record for being the the world’s oldest scuba diver. And another thing? He broke his own previous record!
Ray set the record by diving for 45 minutes, exploring the wreck of the cargo ship Zenobia, near Larnaca , in Cyprus. He has been scuba diving for almost 60 years having been a radio operator during World War II, and then having served with the Special Boat Services.
People don't all become Silver Grey athletes in the same way or for the same reasons. In the case of Pat Gallant-Charette it was a sudden death that started her on the journey which led to her numerous records for distance swimming.
She set off with the greatest confidence and ran more than 2,000 miles in 39 days but, hugely disappointingly, multiple Guinness World Record holder Marvelous Mimi Anderson’s run across America has been called off due to injury. Just over a week ago on October 18th, having battled for several days through knee pain, an MRI scan revealed bone oedema and the risk of serious stress fractures if she carried on with the run.
Some great television on BBC1, starting last week the second series of “How to Stay Young”. How to Stay Young might be an off-putting title as at SGSC we think that it’s all about owning being older but at the same time being the best older you can be. However, it turns out that the programme is about the difference between what we’d call your biological age and your chronological age, which they call ‘body age’ and ‘birth age’ in the programme, and how to have a positive impact on that difference.
Multiple Guinness World Record holder Marvelous Mimi Anderson, whom SGSC interviewed in 2015, starts her latest record-breaking attempt today, to run across America. Not the first to do it, but she aims to be the fastest, setting a new record by running 53 miles per day for 53 days.