Consistent physical exercise is a hallmark of healthy living. It helps protect individuals against the onset of many critical conditions, including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Home Care Assistance advocates physical activity for all of our clients as part of our Balanced Care Method approach to healthy longevity; we know the difference it makes in improving overall quality of life.
It’s remarkable the number of older adults who are still active into their 90s and beyond. It seems that stretching, yoga, or walks around the block are too elementary for these folks who clearly are up to be challenged physically. We would like to highlight three particular seniors who have made waves on the Internet for their impressive fitness regimen despite their age; clearly age is just a number for these individuals.
Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old man from Surprise, Arizona, became the world record holder in the bench press for the 90+ division. He set the mark by hoisting 187.5 pounds at the National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships. This feat stands alone as an amazing accomplishment, but is even more eye-opening knowing that Sy, a World War II veteran, had to leave the sport for a year to recuperate after surgery to fix a hernia and insert a pacemaker. Congratulations, Sy!
Next up is Harold Bach, a recent competitor at the Minnesota Senior Games. A native of North Dakota, the 93-year-old was the oldest participant at the competition, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the field. Harold took gold medals in all his events, sweeping the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Like Sy, Harold is a veteran of World War II, and is also a cancer survivor. Thanks for being a model of healthy fitness for people of any age, Harold!
Finally, 92-year-old Karin Conradi of Edmonton, Alberta, stays active through a rigorous routine at the gym with a trainer. She keeps her muscles strong with sit-ups, planks, squats and push-ups once a week, which enables her to continue to live an unencumbered life. She recently ripped out her carpet by herself and trimmed some bushes around the house. Her exercise has undoubtedly helped her overall wellness; she still drives safely, and takes just a single medication. Keep it up, Karin!
A caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help you remain comfortable in your home as you age. To learn more about how we incorporate exercise into our personalized care plans tailored to the needs of each client, give us a call today at 1-866-454-8346.