A 101-year-old Sikh will retire after his final run at next month’s Hong Kong race. This may be Fauja Singh’s final race, but that does not mean he will stop running. “I will keep running for at least four hours daily after that.”
Indian-born British national Singh is called ‘Turbaned Tornado’ and took up running marathons at the age of 89. He has competed in marathons in London, Toronto and New York. Just last year, he finished 5th in the London Marathon and was honored by being invited to carry the Olympic torch.
“The reason for my good health is that I exercise daily and follow a proper diet regime. I take happiness in biggest proportions though my actual diet is very small.” Singh went on to explain that people today are more interested in going to the gym, but he believes that if people are able to exercise regularly on their own, they will be physically and mentally strong. “Daily exercise will keep you away from all diseases.”
Age is just a number to Singh. Even though he will be turning 102 in April does not mean that he will stop running, or that you shouldn’t; you can run at any age! The ‘Turbaned Tornado’ said, “Running is my life. I will keep running to inspire the masses.”
Start where you are and take little steps towards reaching your goals. It doesn’t matter that they’re little steps; forward moment means you’re making progress. Even if you’re 89 years old like Singh was when he started running, it’s never too late to make a healthy lifestyle change.
Be inspired and inspire others. Just like Singh, be there, and do that.