Meet Charles Eugster, The 97-Year-Old Athlete
If you ask Charles Eugster, 97, “retirement” is a dirty word, and “one of the worst things that you can do to yourself.” His alternative to retirement is remarkable.
That’s why Eugster took up running at age 95, and has already set multiple world records in his age group. He regularly works out with weights, which helps him maintain a body closer to that of a 30-year-old. He didn’t even start serious weight training until he was 87, which helped him pack on muscle and lose weight. He is currently working with a trainer to get his “beach body” ready for summer.
Eugster is constantly advocating for older people to stay productive and in good health. “We must do everything in our power to see that older people are healthy and productive because if we don’t do that we are facing enormous problems between pension liabilities and our health costs,” he said.
For Charles Eugster, it’s important that older people care about what they look like. “I think being vain for an older person is an asset,” one that helps them focus on staying healthy.