“Hume cycle chalana tha, hum poora city dekhke aaya.”
We loved the gusto of Bhashkor Banerjee played by Amitabh Bachchan in Piku that takes him on a city ride astride a cycle. As he drenches in the memories of his hometown calcutta, we are left awed by the 80 odd man’s verve for freedom and fitness.
While not impossible, it isn’t everyday that we get to see the elderly around us pulling off a stint as such with same ease. There have been examples of exemplary fitness displayed at the golden age; Fauja Singh, a UK based athlete continues to run marathons at 102 years of age. He could achieve the feat as a result of years of physical conditioning.
Fauja singh at Millenium bridge, London
Our body begins to lose strength, endurance and flexibility as the age advances. The good news- we can combat this degeneration by performing strength training exercises with dumbells or pushups using body weight, cardiovascular activities like running, swimming and flexibility routines like yoga. Several researches state that the incidence of joint related problems is much lesser or occurs much later in exercising adults than the non-exercising. It has been possible, in many cases, to avoid knee replacement surgeries by investing in correct exercising routines.
While some daily exercise as Piku suggests could have also relieved the constipated Bhaskor Banerjee, we’d rather leave it at Shoojit Sircar’s discretion.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can, says Arthur Ashe.
Now is the best time to begin. A good professional advice can go a long way to stay fit and healthy, age no bar. Isnt gray age second childhood??