Charles Eugster is a very fit pensioner. He is a British athlete with multiple World and British titles to his name. If you haven’t heard of him it might be because he runs in the over 90 category – he is 96. He took up weight training in his eighties because he didn’t like the way his body was changing:
“Even at 87, I wanted an Adonis body, in order to turn the heads of the sexy young, 70 year-old girls on the beach. I wanted a six- pack, but my coach said that we must first work on my bottom, which she said was a catastrophe.”
The really interesting thing about him is what he says he eats. This is a quote from a magazine interview.
“Variety is key. I start every day with a protein shake because, as you get older, your protein synthesis no longer functions as well. I avoid sugar and eat lots of meat, especially fat. I’ve been on a fat trip lately. Fat! Piles of fat. Yet, I was in a supermarket the other day and was perplexed to find yoghurt with zero fat. What on earth is that? The nutrition pyramid where, at the top, is a little fat and meat, and at the bottom a lot of carbohydrates, is, excuse me, bullshit. Humans are so unbelievably stupid that we have begun to tinker with food. Our theories of nutrition have resulted in a pandemic of obesity. Can you imagine a hunter-gatherer enjoying a low-fat yoghurt? Let me tell you this, too: I read a report recently which said that a high fat diet also increases your libido.”
I like this story for a lot of reasons but the main message is one of personal responsibility. He made the effort to change his body for the better through both exercise and diet. it would appear that he regards his age as nothing more than a number.