Several months ago, a friend posted the info below on FB. As I approach the end of another decade, I decided that this would be as good a time as any to discuss the “old” age issue.
An extensive study in the U.S.A found that the most productive age in human life is between 60-70 years of age. The 2nd most productive stage of the human being is from 70 to 80 years of age..
The average age of NOBEL PRIZE winners is 62 years old. The average age of the presidents of prominent companies in the world is 63 years. The average age of the pastors of the 100 largest churches in the U.S.A. is 71. The average age of the Popes is 76 years.
This tells us in a way that it has been determined, that the best years of your life are between 60 and 80 years.
A study published in NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE found that at age 60, you reach the TOP of your potential and this continues into your 80s.
Therefore, if you are between 60 -70 or 70-80 you are in the BEST and 2nd level of your life. (SOURCE: N.Engl.J .Med. 70,389 (2018))
This info, of course, confirmed what I’ve believed.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER! (And like fine wine, we get better with age! lol)
So you younger runners, do not worry that you will need to rest more, run less, go to bed earlier, sit in your rocker in the evening and drink herbal tea (unless you want to do these things…)
If you stay healthy, you do not have to slow down.
As an a runner who started running at age 55, I was afraid that I was too old to run a half marathon (and definitely too old to ever run a full marathon).
However, of the 56 half marathons that I’ve completed, only 6 were run before the age of 60! I ran the NYC Marathon at age 66.
That being said, most likely your PR days will be over, your finish times will slow down but that’s why they give out age group awards. You should NEVER compare yourself to younger runners and especially not to your younger self.
So embrace the fact that you are still able to do something that brings you joy.
Happy Running! So how old do you consider “old?’ Has it changed since you started running? Do you plan to keep running even into your 70s, 80s, 90s? Please share.
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