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

let me start first with a brief story before attending a dinner at my rowing club I went into the bar seeing an attractive young lady I thought that I would chat her up suddenly there was an influx of people and we were pressed together my nose was squashed in the cleavage between two magnificent breasts my embarrassment made me realize how tall the lovely lady was I had in fact been introduced to one of the many continuing rapid changes related to our human bodies the increase of height of 10 centimeters during the last few hundred years seems I've peaked in 1970 Here I am growing at the age of 91 with a 15 year old who is already well over a head taller than me there is continuing increase in girth obesity is now a major world health problem world hoby City has doubled since 1980 twelve percent of the world's population is obese in the Americas it is even 26 percent obesity can cause diabetes heart disease and cancer already ten percent of the world's population suffer from diabetes a world pandemic of diabetes is already a reality by 2030 it is estimated that 50 percent of the u.s. population will be obese in obesity it is the prefrontal part of the brain that shrinks the prospect of the most powerful nation of the world with 50% of the US population having shrinking brains is frightening never in human history have so many humans being so overweight and so obese the world's population is now 7 billion very soon there will be 8 billion people inhabiting the earth if at this point a pandemic we're to destroy half of the world's population they would still be double the amount of people that existed when I was a child the continuing aging of the population is one of the most remarkable success stories of the human race in modern history there will soon be more people over 60 than children under 15 but man has destroyed the wonder of Aging by transforming it into an age of degeneration and disease 92.2% of the over 65 in the United States has one or more chronic diseases 40% of the 60-plus take five or more medicament sad a forty five percent of the 85 plus have alzheimer's natural healthy aging is unseen covered by a blanket of disease in fact it is falsely assumed that disease is a natural consequence of Aging lift up the blanket and there could be surprises lifelong work continuous education competition in strenuous sports beauty queens in old age could be a reality the age now however are over nourished over medicated and physically and mentally in active in activity is a major cause of death how did this happen our bodies are still those of the Paleolithic era when we were hunter-gatherers food was scarce that as much food as possible was consumed in the excess stored as fat so that we could survive the next famine as physical and mental activity was enormous unnecessary activity was avoided today with an excess of food and survival no longer dependent on huge physical and mental effort our instincts still tell us to consume an excess of food and avoid activity as much as possible those instincts that in the past enabled us to survive are now destroying us but successful aging is possible there are three factors that contribute to successful aging they are work diet and exercise in that order I will address each in turn work the age suffer from inactivity poor diet overweight diabetes etc just as the general population does but in addition this is severely compounded by retirement retirement is voluntary or involuntary unemployment for up to 30 years we know that unemployment causes chronic disease and mental problems as well as poor health disability more medical consultations more medication more hospital admissions work on the other hand is therapeutic good for health and is an intrinsic part of improving and maintaining health work he's a determinant of self-worth family esteem identity and standing in the community this graph shows the energy expenditure at different ages one can see that in retirement the physical energy expenditure for occupation is removed and the pensioner is left with little or no physical or mental activity remember in activity kills in the UK retirement was reduced from the age of 70 to 65 in 1946 when life expectancy was 65 years the retirement age was never intended to be earlier than life expectancy today however retirement can start 25 to 30 years earlier than life expectancy our pension schemes are financially unsustainable it is the destructive effects of retirement on physical and mental health that have not only been ignored but vastly underestimated it is essential that the age be integrated into the workforce not only for financial but also for health reasons retirement is not the end it can be a new beginning a chance a chance a chance to build a new body develop dormant talents and start a new life for the next 30 years start a new successful company the 55 to 65 decade is the highest decade of entrepreneurial activity with the highest long-term success rate you have nothing to lose except the chains of convention which at retirement is a massive health calamity and a future financial disaster diet fast processed and junk food together with soft drinks take advantage of our cravings consuming these foods can lead to nutritional imbalance exercise vanity is a huge asset even even at 87 I wanted an Adonis body in order to turn the heads of these sexy young 70 year old girls on the beach I wanted a six-pack but my coach said we must first work on my bottom which she said was a catastrophe exercise is both a preventive measure and a treatment the success rate of exercise therapy for a number of conditions is well over 40% the number of diseases that are treatable by exercise is continuously increasing research has shown that those who participate in strenuous competitive sports live longer obviously training for competition is more intense and in addition competition gives valuable adrenaline rushes at present longer life expectancy means an ever extending period of state supported or company financed retirement more disability and more health costs this was never anticipated by 2025 it is estimated that the cost of interest payments Medicare made cade and social security will consume all US federal income the economic consequences of chronic disease are so substantial that if present trends continue nation states could be bankrupted in the near future it will be those countries that have the healthiest populations with the healthiest brains that will rule the world what can you do save your health and save humanity one of the most interesting developments is the fact that we can rebuild old bodies the body of an eight year old has lost about 50% of his muscle mass since the age of 50 which has been replaced by fat by removing the fat and regenerating lost muscle we can give the eight-year-old a body composition similar to that one of 20 or even 30 years younger to men the first is 20 years older than the second not the other way around a beach body at 90 is no longer a dream but a real possibility I have little time to tell you more but you have no time to lose you can rebuild your body at any age it's like trading in your car for a new one when I was in Chicago in 1950 I'd trade it in my several a list price $3,000 for an Oldsmobile 98 list price $5,000 I asked the salesman what difference between these two cars he said two words more car what do you get when you trade in your body for a new one more body more mind more spirit go for it this was wonderful Charles I mean I don't have to add anything the reaction is so obvious I really love it that faulty building will save humanity I guess so I can also imagine that after this a lot of people will in the next break maybe go for the fruits rather than for the cake and maybe run home instead of taking the train would that make you happy what as far as fruit concerned I would just like to say that in the Garden of Eden if if Adam had refused the fruit offered by Eve and instead eaten the snake protein the world would be different you


  1. This man is amazing. Wonder if supplementation and regular nutrient testing would've helped? They say dental health is important for heart health as well.

  2. I'm 57 years old. I've exorcised my whole life. I've never understood why people don't exercise. I am forever trying to encourage others to eat well and exercise but I have found that very few people venture to develop new habits.

    Otherwise intelligent people will abuse their bodies with the most unhealthy processed foods while taking medicines that address the problems caused by their poor diet. Nutrition and exercise are directly associated with health. Unfortunately this truth too often goes unrecognized until it's too late.

    Please, my friends, give it a shot for three full months. When you see and feel the difference and you have new habits, it will be difficult to go back.

  3. The shrinking brain may explain why people listen to CNN.

  4. Humanity had never been as healthy as today why do you think we have such a large population and old age pop ..he would have lived thus long without the modern age of medicine and social and disease removal. Ie cleaners janitors etc

  5. Charles died st 97. We can have eternal life in Jesus Christ. That makes this earthly life very short.

  6. I wish he wasn't shouting.

  7. a NICE motivational speech; however, with support mechanisms lost on many regardless of his difficulties in comparison … note he mentions those attending

  8. This talk is so great and life affirming.

  9. Agree with everything except work. I retired at 50 (very blessed and very financially comfortable). I workout 6 days a week. 3 weight resistance. 3 cardio. Please don't let work define your life.

  10. It’s the government plan to kill you
    Tax you and medicate you !
    Medicare your is to kill you !

  11. World obesity has doubled since 1980, know what else has? Food stamps! Nothing against it, just saying if ur gonna give ppl free food, theyre gonna eat it.

  12. Just go strong and never stop.

  13. This guy is really strong makes me feel that we will never grow old

  14. Fantastic ❤️

  15. May your legacy continue to touch and inspire many. Well done Sir! (1919 – 2017)

  16. I'm retired and have no intention of working. In fact, I don't know how I had time to work.

  17. So True, the Younger Generation is Much Bigger but Much More out of Shape. I see this every week as a Young Man of almost 72, I Work Out at a Gym 3 times a week and still Leg Press around 450 lbs.–95% of young men 15-20 cannot do this, I tell all of them that when I was their age I did over 500 lbs. Get After it Young People, Life is to Short as it is…..

  18. This video is 8 years old. Is this guy still around? Just going to a gym for an hour and then going home and sitting is not going to cut it. And going to the same gym every day gets old real fast and it is boring. I am lucky to still have my 1 man buisiness of being a landscaper at 70 plus 2 days a week I ride a bicycle 50 to 60 miles with a group of faster people than me. We ride hard. That is how I do it. But you do need to keep moving and be excited about something every day until you die. Sitting in the chair and watching TV does not work.

  19. "In obesity, it is the prefrontal part of the brain that shrinks. The prospect of the most powerful nation of the world with 50% of the US population having shrinking brains is frightening!" Wasn't that a little prescient!? Maybe this helps explain the state of things today.

  20. How to address the need for job creation for youth entering the workforce, if age of retirement is prolonged?

  21. Excessive exercise only works for freaks like this guy I'm sick of being lied to about just about every health subject. I learned the hard way many times that if I increase my activity beyond what has become my normal routine all that happens is my joint pain gets worse and I lose strength. I recently switched what I was doing at my work for a job with better weekends even though I really didn't know everything about the job. After all it was was only for a three month period I had to do far more physical work. At first it wasn't that bad but I kept losing strength and by the end I almost had to quit because I could hardly get to the end of each day. I also felt so bad that I couldn't even use the extra time on the weekends. I have noticed that when I was younger exercise built strength now rest does. The other lie is the you can build up slowly that just makes it take longer to get to where you feel terrible. I will admit that what I call my normal routine includes a lot of movement. But I still think I'm being lied to.

    As long as I'm on the subject of health and lies, I might as well start with what is said about food. Everything we're told about food is a damn lie! I'm not saying that all the things they say are bad are actually good. But I think a lot of them are, especially the fats. I am sure most of the things they say are good are horrible. A good guide is if it says healthy on the package don't eat it. If it says heart healthy don't touch it. If it says both run away screaming.

  22. barbell medicine

  23. His voice is in my head!! Nice one

  24. "The prospect of the most powerful nation in the world with 50% of it's population having shrinking brains in 2030 is frightening"
    Really?? How about 40% of the population having severely shrunk brains in 2016?…Now THAT is terrifying.

  25. The absolute best video about the necessity of exercise, diet change, and work in the later years of your life. Combining exercise (aerobic & resistance training) with intermittent fasting will transform your body, mind, and hope for the future. Ditch cable TV but keep the internet. Don't eat. Stay hungry (literally).

  26. This Vid was at a good time as are the comments with Diamond(s).

  27. Now that's Man and a Talk!

  28. WOW! Definitely on my playlist of all time fave TED talks! He was amazing.

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