Why bodybuilding at age 93 is a great idea: Charles Eugster at TEDxZurich

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Of the recent changes that the human race has experienced, the increasing population numbers are especially dramatic and worrying coupled with the frightening great and continuous increase in obesity and the resultant diabetes pandemic. A particular amount of attention has been given to the rapid and continuing growth of longevity. Yet our knowledge of the aging process is still very limited as what we observe is the result of a health-destroying lifestyle. Retirement creates invalids. Chronic disease is rampant in old age resulting in such enormous medical costs that should present trends continue, together with the diabetes pandemic, some countries could become bankrupt. Diabetes is already an international public health issue and inactivity is one of the biggest killers. The loss of wasted human potential and wealth is already immense.

Successful aging requires work, diet and exercise. The huge mental and physical potential of the aged remains unexplored. Bodies can now be rebuilt at any age and a new life started. Beauty kings and queens in the 80-year-old category or a beach body at the age of 94 are not impossible. We will all, regardless of age, have to take greater responsibility for our own health in order to confront the immense challenges confronting the human race.

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Brian Fletcher says:

This guy deserves the Nobel prize. 

Ben Midulla says:

I am in total agreement with Charles Eugster. He is impressive. I will turn
76 on Feb. 12, 2015. I started bodybuilding at 60, competed on the NPC
Texas Men’s Masters Competition over 60 where I placed 1st and 2nd (3
years). I am bringing a Strength, Performance, Endurance and Recovery
product named Mito-Chon, The Energy Within to the world. See my pre-launch
Indiegogo crowdfunding video on YouTube at Mito-Chon USA. I need your help
so that together we can change the way people think where energy comes from
that goes into our bodies. It certainly does not come from so-called
“energy drinks.” . 

VTV says:

His logic, sense of humor and fitness level is inspiring. Imagine our
society if he was an example of an average citizen.

Virl S says:

good stuff. Very inspiring

Dinesh Kumar Takyar says:

An amazing talk. Thank you!

Dawn Williams says:

Why bodybuilding at age 93 is a great idea: Charl…:

*This guy, is awesome, and I’ve been in agreement with him for years. 🙂 

Lioncub says:

this is fucking disgusting, he lost me at the sexism right at the start.
Then he has a damn photo of a woman that isn’t even obese as if womens
ideals weren’t forced enough. FUCK THIS IS GROSS

John S Wren says:

93 year old man talks about the three keys to successful aging: 1) Work (vs
retirement, which is deadly); 2) Diet (cut junk food and soft drinks); and
3) Exercise (vanity is a great motivator). Inspiring talk. Art Linkletter
was doing a book tour for his book “How to Make the Rest of Your Life the
Best of Your Life” when he was 96 and saying pretty much these same

Alejandro Motta says:

¡Yo de joven quiero ser como este viejo!

Jim Doug says:

Great speaker and a great message #tedtalks 

Harkanwar Singh says:

+Gurchandan Ahuja A must watch and learn!!

tiffani brown says:

This is a very inspirational clip. We do not have an excuse. I especially
appreciate the notion if we save our health one by one, then we can save
humanity one by one. The only input that I have is, he also should put
equally focus on dental hygiene, because if ignored it could lead to
serious health problems. 

Robinson Road says:

For those who wheel out the old excuse about “genetics”, remember there is
no gene for the human spirit!

SteveFFFFF 0 says:

I’m 63 m, no pain sickness or disease, feel 21. I hated work at 21 and
still do. I put up with work so now I’m not dependent on society and have
funded my retirement so I never have to work again, work is a 4 letter
word. But i can do anything I want without anybody telling where or when to
be and get up at anytime I want. I eat organic and take supplements if
beneficial, no medicines at all.

Dave Johnson says:

When I grow up, I want to be like Charles!

Max Davis says:

I agree with a majority of what he says but I can’t help to be a little
annoyed by his constant shouting. Please, sir, relax.

Fred Smith says:

He sure must have a good pension, to afford gym membership, coaches, the
right foods etc etc.

Pavlo Verba says:

This man, Charles Eugster, is great.

His TED talk have helped me solidify some ideas about how l want to look at
the “retirement” age. It is inspiring. Heartily recommended. :)

Calvin Mohl says:

loved it so much respect for this clued in outstanding man what a great
speech and it is bang on!!

Luis Andrade says:

awome speech!!!!

Billy Lim says:

Inspiring, funny and true. Great Ted talk.

Sheila Kuhn says:


Juan Juarez says:

I see conscientious runners daily but without motivation, I can’t get
started. I am thankful that I don’t have to sit at my desk all day and can
still use the stairs to exercise/JJ

1too3fore says:

Screw work, I’d rather stay retired. Look at corporations today, they
don’t treat employees with respect anymore. Best to find something
interesting to do and get out of the rat race as soon as possible. I think
he also should have realized that society is screwing itself over by
extending life spans beyond 65. Forget all this healthy life style
propaganda, it’s bankrupting us. Eat your happy meals and get society back
to where it should be, heading towards an earlier grave. It’ll save the
world economies from total ruin.

AfreensHair says:

I love this man! Truly inspiring!!!!!

NorthernLime says:

that old guy is making all kinds of gains…… alll kiiinds

kepstein8888 says:

I work with people who are so lazy that they ride the elevator down 3

Imfromjamaicaman says:

Oh, man! What this guy said at the end about the fruit thing is hilarious!

Ursula Bou-Chabke Gedeon says:

Informative and gave me a bit of a chuckle. #fitness 

Clive Barnett says:

Very informative and specially revealing is the fact that he promotes the
idea of work but he should specify what work is. If he is talking about
slaving for the corporation, this is where we part ways. I am 65 and have a
fairly muscular body, I live in the rain forest and gave up on the
plantation of voluntary slavery as a power plant technician at 52 years
old. Next to no income,eat healthier than most well to do people and my
self esteem has never been higher. Listen carefully to the way (maybe
unitentionally) he promotes the idea of work.

Dharmendra Rai says:

12 % of the world is obese ? I reckon its only 12 % of the world that s not

LongTimeAtheist says:

I watched a year ago. This got me off my but and do something. I am down 60
lbs, My blood pressure is back down where it should be. My blood work is
back in the normal range. Last month I started at a rock climbing gym.
Looking forward to my first cliff. I will be 50 in a few months and look
forward to getting a lot older and very active!
Thank you TED and Charles!

LordPlautus says:

too late

Tomahawk1999 says:

the problem of course is that the few cases he shows might just have won
the genetic lottery.

Raphael L says:

Check out this video on YouTube: My good friend +Dianna Akar and I were
chatting about exercising and how humans were never meant to be inactive.
She that’ve me a whole list of diseases that can be cured simply by
increasing your movement daily. I am a living testimony of that. Two years
ago I had high blood pressure that had been controlled with medicine for
years. I decided I didn’t want to live taking pills all the time. I started
moving an additional 15 minutes a day and then joined her boot camp. Today,
no high blood pressure pills and life is so good. Watch this video and then
decide “how do you want to live… No enjoy life?

SuperJayman777 says:

how awesome, I hope I can be as enthusiastic about life as Charles Eugster
when I reach his age.

Tanalyn Dollar says:

Most of us have been conditioned to think ‘natural aging’ has to include
disease. Charles clearly shows us this is faulty thinking. Get up and get
out. After going through tough times the gym became my haven. I, too, am a
proponent of weight-training. 

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