My Inspiration: Charles Eugster

I hope you don’t get tired of me talking about inspirational older people. Ever since starting this blog, I’ve come across some really remarkable folks. The latest is Charles Eugster, a 95-year-old former dentist who set a new world record for his age group in the 200-meter indoor sprint.

Eugster isn’t a life long athlete. In fact, he only took up serious running and bodybuilding a few years ago.

He’s been quoted as saying:

“People have been brainwashed to think that after you’re 65, you’re finished.

“We’re told that old age is a continuous state of decline, and that we should stop working, slow down and prepare to die. I disagree.”

Charles Eugster
Charles Eugster

I read about Eugster on the website Good News Network which, in addition to his story, also has a couple of short videos, one showing an interview with him and the other demonstrating his performance on the track.

He’s also got his own blog which chronicles his life and his message. Eugster says he wants to change the world. I think he can, one person and one body at a time. He gives me hope that I can continue to work and train my 60-year-old body into something stronger and more healthy than I’ve imagined I could.

If Eugster can do it, then we can do it.

I do think the Superman briefs are a bit much, though.

You can ignore reality. However, you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

Ayn Rand

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