Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

'Oldie' Is Just a Term to Hold Us Back

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

'Oldie' Is Just a Term to Hold Us Back

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SOAPBOX

GEMMA WESTACOTT

gemma.westacott@scnews.com.au

WHY is it that when you hit the 35 to 40-year mark, you're suddenly branded as an "oldie", "past it", "over the hill" in terms of physical ability and fitness?

And the older you get the worse it seems to become.

You can hardly turn on the TV these days without seeing some reality TV show, like Australian Survivor (see page 3), wheel out a few token "oldies" in a bid to prove that age is no barrier. Blah, blah, blah.

What utter rubbish. Most of the supposed "oldies" I know are actually far healthier than they were in their 20s or early 30s.

And the Sunshine Coast Marathon events on today will assuredly see plenty of "oldies" holding their own.

Yes, we may not be quite as taut as we were in our younger years, but I can assure you that most of us are eating far healthier and exercising more, if in a slightly more "gentle" way on our bodies. …

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