Meet Charles Eugster, The 97-Year-Old Athlete

Some people wait for retirement their whole lives. Other people run from it. If you ask Charles Eugster, 97, “retirement” is a dirty word, and “one of the worst things that you can do to yourself.” Eugster cites the high number of elderly depressed individuals, which he believes is a direct result of them no longer contributing to society, and just sitting around. It’s important to keep moving.

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.

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