Do it like the 90somethings

Darryl is www.lovingthebike.com.  He coaches from his home base of Austin, TX and blogs/tweets as well.  And Darryl ROCKS.

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I’ve seen a lot of people in their 20’s who have basically given up on their bodies. They have passed the point where they didn’t have to do any work at all in order to keep a good looking and pain free body. When it became something they had to work at…they gave up on it.

It’s not totally their fault. The fast paced life we live in does not create many opportunities for health and fitness. Forget about time to stretch or meditate. But still I see person after person who does not take care of themselves.

Then I hang out with my Grandpa on his 96th birthday. I see the resistance bands and weights. I learn about a man who wants more than the so called fitness classes being held at his care home. A 96 year old man who tells his Family to forget about giving him socks and underwear as gifts….give me fitness equipment he says. Sometimes he works out twice in a day.

Now why would a 96 year old care to do this? Well he saw himself starting to hunch over a little bit and knew that it was up to him to make things better. “You have to stretch the muscles” he tells us. “You know it, Grandpa”.

Driving home last night I knew we had just experienced a moment. I’m very proud of my Grandpa. Finding the time for fitness may not be difficult for him, but I can bet that the energy is probably not that of the twentysomethings I mentioned earlier. If you ever need something to kick your butt into action…let me take you over to his place so you can see how the ninetysomethings do it.


Where are you looking?

How many of you have ever tried learning a new sport? How about a new extreme trick on your skateboard, wakeboard, or snowboard? Well, I’ll bet if you have ever been involved in most sports, you would have heard someone tell you to “look in the direction you want to go”.

The reason you would have heard this is because our body generally follows our head, so if we are looking in a direction….our bodies are sure to follow, and this is often very desirable in sport. When I used to competitively slalom water ski, I was told that when I came around a buoy in the slalom course, I should immediately crank my head across to the other side and well above the next buoy so that I would get there in lots of time. It was a tough thing to grasp, but as I watched the very best skiers in the world, I could see them doing exactly this. So I knew this was very wise advice.

How about when it came to learning a flip on my kneeboard? Well, same thing….”upon leaving the wake, toss your head back and behind you so that your body, and board will follow where you are looking”. Again, great advice and it worked.

Okay, so if this technique works in sports….I can guarantee it works in other parts of your life as well. I guess what I’m getting at is if you look in the direction you want your life to go, life will catch up to your sights and you’ll find yourself exactly where you want to be.

This is just a concept I came up with while riding my bike last week. It’s amazing the wisdom that can come on a bike. As I rode along, I found myself glancing to the right to look at something…..and within seconds I found myself swerving right and in the way of traffic. Not a great thing to do while biking on a busy street. But as that happened, I realized that if it is this easy to move in the direction I look when I’m on my bike….why shouldn’t it be this easy in life?

Keep your eyes focused in the direction you want to be. Do this successfully, and I promise you that life will follow right behind. This has been your coach talking. “Get out there and have fun.”

Do it like the 90somethings

I’ve seen a lot of people in their 20’s who have basically given up on their bodies. They have passed the point where they didn’t have to do any work at all in order to keep a good looking and pain free body. When it became something they had to work at…they gave up on it.

It’s not totally their fault. The fast paced life we live in does not create many opportunities for health and fitness. Forget about time to stretch or meditate. But still I see person after person who does not take care of themselves.

Then I hang out with my Grandpa on his 96th birthday. I see the resistance bands and weights. I learn about a man who wants more than the so called fitness classes being held at his care home. A 96 year old man who tells his Family to forget about giving him socks and underwear as gifts….give me fitness equipment he says. Sometimes he works out twice in a day.

Now why would a 96 year old care to do this? Well he saw himself starting to hunch over a little bit and knew that it was up to him to make things better. “You have to stretch the muscles” he tells us. “You know it, Grandpa”.

Where are you looking?

How many of you have ever tried learning a new sport?  How about a new extreme trick on your skateboard, wakeboard, or snowboard?  Well, I’ll bet if you have ever been involved in most sports, you would have heard someone tell you to “look in the direction you want to go”.

The reason you would have heard this is because our body generally follows our head, so if we are looking in a direction….our bodies are sure to follow, and this is often very desirable in sport.  When I used to competitively slalom water ski, I was told that when I came around a buoy in the slalom course, I should immediately crank my head across to the other side and well above the next buoy so that I would get there in lots of time.  It was a tough thing to grasp, but as I watched the very best skiers in the world, I could see them doing exactly this.  So I knew this was very wise advice.

How about when it came to learning a flip on my kneeboard?  Well, same thing….”upon leaving the wake, toss your head back and behind you so that your body, and board will follow where you are looking”.  Again, great advice and it worked.

Okay, so if this technique works in sports….I can guarantee it works in other parts of your life as well.  I guess what I’m getting at is if you look in the direction you want your life to go, life will catch up to your sights and you’ll find yourself exactly where you want to be.

This is just a concept I came up with while riding my bike last week.  It’s amazing the wisdom that can come on a bike.  As I rode along, I found myself glancing to the right to look at something…..and within seconds I found myself swerving right and in the way of traffic.  Not a great thing to do while biking on a busy street.  But as that happened, I realized that if it is this easy to move in the direction I look when I’m on my bike….why shouldn’t it be this easy in life?

Keep your eyes focused in the direction you want to be.  Do this successfully, and I promise you that life will follow right behind.  This has been your coach talking. “Get out there and have fun.”

Driving home last night I knew we had just experienced a moment. I’m very proud of my Grandpa. Finding the time for fitness may not be difficult for him, but I can bet that the energy is probably not that of the twentysomethings I mentioned earlier. If you ever need something to kick your butt into action…let me take you over to his place so you can see how the ninetysomethings do it.

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9 Responses to Do it like the 90-somethings.

  1. I’m so excited to be part of your blog once again. Okay, now it’s time for me to get you to guest post over at my site…..I would love that. The more I get to know you, the more impressed I am by all that you have accomplished and the direction that you are going. You and Eric are now part of my Family’s Inner Circle and that makes me very happy.

    Darryl
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  2. Fabulous! At 57 I have to push myself to take that walk, workout in the gym, ride the stationary bike. It’s very inspiring to hear about someone even older than me taking care of himself like that. Very impressive!

    Nice post!

    Terri
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  3. Christina says:

    Love this! How awesome to have a Gramps like that to motivate you!

  4. Ally says:

    Awesome! I so strive to be like that when I’m in my 90’s!
    Ally recently posted..Baby Santa Returns Or Does He

  5. bikerly says:

    Dear Darryl,

    I challenge you to a century race in the year 2062. You pick the race, of course I’d prefer it be off road : )

    Your friend,
    bikerly

    PS nice post

  6. Eric Hutchins says:

    I want in on this century ride, crap I will be almost 100! A century doing a century. BRING IT ON!

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