Aged 101 and Still Skiing.

Still Skiing Aged 101

When I Get Older Losing My Hair.

pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: I don’t think creepy-crawlies reach retirement age.

“If there’s snow on the ground, I’m on the slopes,” Klaus Obermeyer, the founder of clothing company Sport Obermeyer says about why he is still skiing.

Mr. Obermeyer admits that he isn’t zooming down double black diamonds the way he did when he was in his 20s, but he still goes skiing daily, for at least an hour or two when conditions allow. “Being out in nature keeps you young,” he says.

Even more than skiing, though, he says the secret to his vitality is a Japanese martial art, aikido, which he has practiced for many years. “The idea is not to hurt, but to control your opponent.” he says and applies this principle in business and everyday life. “Every attack that comes at you can be seen as an opportunity”.

Another place the principles of aikido apply, is the swimming pool. He swims a bit more than a mile every day. “I find it easy to take a mindless state in the pool. When I swim, I’m forced to breathe deeply, and I like that I can stretch out my whole body.”

The above is a summary of an interview with Mr. Obermeyer, when he was 95, by The Wall Street Journal: read the full article here.

To be Still Skiing, Means Exercise Daily.

So now that you are inspired and believe you want to be up to skiing daily during the forthcoming ski season, grab your gym kit and get started:

pop trivia: The Beatles pondered becoming 64 in 1967; “When I get older losing my hair” is from ‘When I’m 64’; I’m sure Paul is older than that now and still hasn’t lost his hair!
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