You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running." This quote was shared with me by a student in a spinning class that I recently visited for my newspaper column. Gil, who's smile is contagious, was a walking motivational quote. Another of his favorites, "You're never too old to be who you might have been!" No doubt, proof of the influence that this spin class has had on his life.
This week I had the privilege and I mean privilege of visiting a spin class for students 55 and up. I was blown away by the energy, dedication and clear disregard of age. All the students agreed, "Age is nothing more than a number." I have seen classes with much younger students that didn't exude the enthusiasm that this group of "Spinners" did. After I interviewed the students and instructor, I was reminded of how many people dismiss exercise and something "for the young" when in fact, it's more important than ever, especially as we age.
The oldest student in the class was 80 and when she's not spinning at her exercise class, she's outside riding her bike. Another inspiring student was Dollie, in her 70's who sported faux leather bike pants and hopped on her bike with the ease of someone 30 years her junior.
For those of you that blow off exercise with the myriad of reasons that exist, think again. After watching this group pedal through their hip replacements, cancer, strokes, heart attacks and loss of a spouse, I truly believe there isn't an excuse in the world that one of these students would buy. So the next time you think you're too old or too busy or too sick to exercise, think again. It all begins with "I can."