Wow! The world has just turned upside down! Almost no-one who will be reading this will ever have experienced anything remotely like this. Our website promotes health in later life through strength and fitness. The people we have met and interviewed over the years are already living a life that goes against conventional wisdom about being older - so they are thinking outside the box in the first place. We know therefore that all SGSC athletes will take on this challenge as imaginatively as they approach life in general.
We ourselves are sticking to a daily routine which involves running outside and doing strength work in the house. We are also making sure we do plenty of stretching to keep ourselves as supple as possible. It seems to us that regularity is the key.
We realise more than ever how lucky we usually are to have so much freedom to live, train and do the sports that we love. In the future when all this is over, on days when we don’t want to push ourselves so hard we will be aware of how fortunate we are to have that choice.
Maybe the lock-down will even bring new people to experience the benefits of exercise and hopefully they will continue the habit once this crisis is passed.
Stay strong, stay healthy. Life’s a Game - Keep Playing!
On The Pinboard you will find stories from the media and other sources that will interest and inform you.
At SGSC, we're always talking about the benefits of working on your muscles as you go through life and get ‘older’! We never stop talking about how good it is for you and the positive effect it can have on your life. One of the benefits we trumpet is the fact that by keeping your muscles strong and in good condition you are much more able to take care of daily tasks. And apparently one of those daily tasks is fighting off intruders when they try and break into your home!
At least that’s the use that 82-year-old powerlifter Willie Murphy put her strength to when confronted by an intruder.
What is Silver Grey Sports Club, what is it all about? When asked, we say that we are a website focusing on people over the age of fifty who do extreme and adventure sports. Behind that initial statement, an extremely important aspect of this is that in order to do these sports well and safely, a lot of strength and fitness training needs to be done. We then go on to talk - somewhat evangelically, no doubt - about all the quality-of-life benefits for older people that follow on from all that physical training. This is a notion which is supported by the entire medical and health establishment, especially in terms of countering the loss of muscle mass and bone density, both of which are associated with getting older and both of which have catastrophic consequences for quality-of-life in later life. While we have found and written about a great deal of research that backs this up, we haven’t come across a single piece of research that contradicts it.
So with that in mind, here are Freda and Clarence, two more examples of what we call Silver Grey athletes working hard in the gym, and talking about (or in Clarence's case just showing us) how much better they feel as a result.
81-year-old Mavis Paterson, from Auchenmalg in Dumfries and Galloway, has become the oldest woman to cycle from Lands End to John o’Groats.
As well as setting the new record she is raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity in memory of her four children, tragically all of whom died in their 40’s within four years of each other. She completed her 960-mile route in just over three weeks, setting off on May 24th and finishing on the 22nd of June.
Wonderful article along Silver Grey Sports Club lines in The Guardian this weekend "Age is no barrier, meet the oldest top athletes" about five athletes aged between 73 and 108. They are a triathlete, a personal trainer, a surfer - Gwyn Haslock, who we profiled ourselves in our article "A Tale of Two Surfies a couple of years ago - a sprinter and a marathon runner.
90 year old Masters Cyclist Carl Grove set a new sprint world record for his age group in July 2018 - only to be stripped of the record several months later ... for a drug violation!
Never too old to try and get an edge over your rivals?
Not quite the whole story...
Mountain biking can be one of the scarier adventure sports … if you’ve never done it before. The close proximity of metal and bone doesn’t make a comfortable partnership especially when you’re hurtling round an uneven and rocky trail in a bike park. However, these two show that the answer to the question in the title, as with all the activities we cover, is definitely “NO!”