January 07, 2011

Never Ever Stop Moving

Photo by Markus Huth    Berlin, Germany

I've been wanting to post this gorgeous photo for awhile.  I keep reading how beneficial exercise is for getting a good nights sleep, and for warding off depression, in addition to all the other things we know about it.

Having been a life long exerciser I think it's important to not work-out every day as this can cause burn-out and people tend to drop the ball after awhile. I've been running consistently for almost 30 years and I think this might be partly due to the fact that I only run about 3 miles, 3 times a week.

There isn't anything I want to do EVERY day but maybe eat, sleep, and read :-)

Last month my friend Carin called me and said "Are you listening to NPR right now?"  I ran to the radio and who was being interviewed but 91-year-old international track & field star Olga Kotelko. What a spitfire. She made my day. Olga didn't even start competing until she turned 77 and now holds 23 world records in her age group. She said that she still has the same energy that she had at age 50.

Wow. Talk about inspiration for the New Year.

Below is a one minute video of Olga, and if you're interested, here's her interview on NPR .

Thanks to Carin for the heads-up.


2 comments:

  1. Olga is my hero!

    Yanno, I hate exercising. Hate it. And I think it's because it's a forced, "fake" thing for me. I love to hike, swim, etc., but when it becomes this artifical, compartmentalized thing, I lose all interest.

    This is all leading up to the fact that killing my car was the best thing for me. I'm not "exercising." I'm just getting to work, the grocery store, whatever, and using me feets to do so. It doesn't feel artificial or like drudgery, and it's made me want to incorporate more play time--hiking, swimming, running around with the dogs--into my life.

    I swear I'm not going to be one of those annoying car-free freaks, but I gotta admit, I do feel compelled to preach the car free life from the occasional street corner. ;)

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  2. Hey CF I think that being an annoying car-free freak might be a good thing. Someone has to lead the pack. Imagine what life would be like if we all ditched our car and the school buses. Healthier globe, and healthier us. Thank you my dear for your always great perspective.

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