Mindset affects everything!
Dr. Charles Eugster is one of my heroes. He started working out again in his 60s. In his 80s, his vanity prompted him to get a trainer. He wanted a better beach body to attract the 70 year old women. He says vanity is a great thing! And he believes in working and staying involved.
Here;s an excerpt from an interview with him this past April:
Congratulations on the over-nineties 60m European title. Were you disappointed not to get the world record?
Charles Eugster: Oh, very. The thing was, I felt absolutely great before the race and was in my youthful dreams with hopes of attacking the world record of 14.28 seconds. I flew out of the blocks and, after the first 30m, I was out in front of the pack. That’s when my hamstring tore. You see, I was against the most extraordinary people: a 90-year-old German and a 99-year-old Italian. I knew they were quick, but I’d left them miles behind. Then, as the leg pain set in, they started to catch me. I was scared stiff that they would beat me, but of course they didn’t. I staggered over the line within over 18 seconds. Nowhere near the record. Now I must stop training for a month.*
My vanity is starting to kick in! How about yours?
*excerpted from http://www.vice.com/read/charles-eugster-fittest-oap-on-planet