The Wisdom of Frank
I met my friend Frank when I was 21 years old and working out at a local gym. Frank was sixty-eight years old and in great condition. He had been a professional boxer, army fitness instructor, and then a physical education teacher. Frank was an incredibly well read student of fitness and human performance. He was stronger, more agile, and fitter than most people in their twenties. Success leaves footprints, so I was eager to learn from a master.
Frank’s biggest lesson was that no matter how busy, over worked, and over scheduled you were, there was no excuse not to perform some type of exercise. The crucial component of lifelong fitness is consistency. You can slow down but never stop. Do something, even if it is only ten minutes–every day. As Frank traveled through his eighties, he performed twenty minute sessions of mobility work and some calisthenics on a daily basis.
A recent *article by Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times reinforces this lesson. Older athletes that maintain the lifelong fitness habit have remarkable fitness assessment scores. Many have posted VO2 max tests that make researchers rethink the present expectations for testing standards.
*Age Like a Former Athlete, Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, August 23, 2107.
View the NY Times Article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/well/move/age-like-a-former-athlete.html?_r=0
Michael S. O’Hara, PT, OCS, CSCS