by, Bob McMillan
I thought I was doing pretty well with my exercise program. You know, like “Wow! I’m seventy-three years old and look at what I can do.” Nothing spectacular but far better than most at my age. But that was before I heard of Charles Eugster. I first found out about Charles Eugster when I watched a TEDx Zurich video on You Tube. I try and watch one TED talk per day. If you’re not familiar with TED, go to www.TED.com and learn. The speaker, in this case, was an elderly gentleman who rowed racing shells (just like me), and lifted weights (just like me), and speaks out about work, exercise and nutrition for seniors (just like me). But Charles Eugster is not just like me. He is ninety-three years old and looks and acts like a thirty year old (at least he acts like one). He had let his body deteriorate as he aged and decided while he was in his eighties, that he had better start exercising again to get fit. He learned to wakeboard at age eighty-seven and he is now a competitive Masters athlete in rowing, and an avid weight lifter at ninety-three.