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Studies Show It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Health

November 9, 2018

From the nextavenue website

October 13, 2011 was a very good day for runner Fauja Singh. On that date, he set eight world records for his age group, spanning distances from 100 to 5,000 meters. Three days later, he added the record for the marathon – 8 hours, 11 minutes, 6 seconds. His age group? One hundred years and up.

Running a marathon at age 100 might not even be the most remarkable thing about Singh. Possibly even more remarkable: He didn’t take up serious running until his mid-80s.

You’ve heard it again and again: “It’s never too late.” Well, it wasn’t too late for Singh to begin training to be a world-class master athlete in his mid-80s, but what about the rest of us? We might not aspire to be world-class athletes, but many of us do want to enhance our health and extend our lives a bit. When is it too late to begin?


Singh retired from competitive running after taking part in the Hong Kong marathon on February 24, 2013, five weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. He completed the 10 kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon in 1 hour 32 minutes and 28 seconds and said that he intends to continue running for pleasure, health and charity.

Singh was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity.

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