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Inspiring people over 50 who put the old on hold

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

Whoever said you can’t do adventurous stuff when you’re older was sorely mistaken. With 79-year-old Paddy showcasing her amazing salsa dance moves on Britain’s Got Talent and power-lifting over 50s taking on younger contestants in ITV’s ‘Amazing Greys’ game show, news of people doing extraordinary stuff in later life is never far from the headlines.

We’ve picked out our favourite inspirational stories of people from across the globe proving we can all get better with age.

You’re never too old to…

Bungee jump

At 91 years old, you’d expect your birthday celebration to be fairly low key, but not for Frances Gabe of Fresno California. In 2011, Frances plunged from a bungee jump at her local fair as part of a birthday tradition to celebrate her defeat of colon cancer.

Climb a mountain

In 2013, an 80-year-old man named Yuichiro Miura from Japan scaled the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, as part of his mission to take back the record that was once his. He had in fact climbed the 8,448 metre mountain twice before.

Run a marathon every day of the year

68-year-old Alan Murray and his wife Janette Murray-Wakelin from New Zealand gave a whole new meaning to the word ‘determination’. In 2013, they set out on a road trip around Australia to run a marathon every single day of the year, clocking up a whopping 9,776.75 miles in total.

Swim the ocean

In 2013, a 64-year-old grandmother named Diana Nyad swam her way into the record books when she became the first person to complete the mammoth 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Become an athletic champion

95-year-old Olga Kotelko from Canada can teach us a thing of few about living an active lifestyle. This year she became the oldest recorded female indoor high jumper, long jumper and triple jumper at the World Masters Athletics Championships.

Become a champion bodybuilder

Sonny Bryant Junior, a 70-year-old champion bodybuilder from Georgia made the headlines this year for his iron-pumping skills. After taking up the sport aged 44 to let off steam from a stressful marriage, he became hooked and has won numerous titles and trophies ever since.

These stories are a great reflection on how lots of us are living life to the full after 50. In fact, waiting until later life is perhaps an ideal time to tick things off the bucket list.

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