At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 16, a 100-year-old man was the last to cross the finish line, breaking a world record as he completed his eighth 26.2-mile run, according to media reports.
Fauja Singh began running marathons at age 89 after the passing of his wife and son. He attributed his fitness to a healthy lifestyle of abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, eating a vegetarian diet and running or walking 10 miles per day, according to NBC Chicago.
“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” said Singh, quoted on the Toronto marathon’s website.
A recent study that was conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology supports the idea that exercise contributes to longevity. In a trial, a team of researchers showed that regular physical activity can help a 50-year-old reach fitness levels of a 20-year-old.
While many older individuals may fear that exercise can trigger cardiovascular events, the Norwegian research revealed that activity actually strengthens the heart and improves oxygen uptake. Continue reading