Most of us are too lazy to put down the snacks and get off the couch, let alone actually lace up our running shoes and go for a hike or run. That’s why you’ll be super impressed with one woman’s fitness journey, and how she’s inspiring so many others to get up off their own butts and maybe go outside.
Meet Man Kaur, a 101-year old woman who just racked up her 17th gold medal for winning a 100-metre dash at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the only competitor in the 100-plus age category, but she still completed it in 74 seconds — that’s only 64 seconds more than it took Usain Bolt to break a record, guys.
“I enjoyed it and I am very, very happy,” Kaur told reporters after the race. “I’m going to run again, I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop.”
So if she can can motivate herself to exercise, why can’t we? It’s not like it’s ever too late to start.
Kaur first began competing about eight years ago when her 78-year-old son talked her into it. Since then, she’s trained at home in Chandigarh, India, running short distances in the evenings while maintaining a healthy diet.
Kaur even won a medal at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver just last year, completing the 100-metre dash in just over one minute. Apparently she’s also been known to throw a javelin and a shot put, and has almost 20 overall medals to boast about.
A person should obviously consult with their physician before starting new physical activities, but this is pretty much the most motivating thing we’ve seen all day. Or this week.
It just goes to show you that no matter how old you’re feeling, you’re always young enough to start fully living life. Thanks for that extra bit of motivation, Kaur.
What a superstar.