New Photos of Fit Old People

Russian photographer/writer/journalist Vladimir Yakovlev is doing a book on fit elders. Keith Levy of New Zealand sent us this link with photos of 8 of Vladimir’s subjects:

“For the past two years Russian photojournalist Vladimir Yakovlev travelled around the world, searching for people who have discovered new found hobbies and pleasure in their older age. With the series The Age Of Happiness, Yakovlev hopes to change the usual perception of life after retirement and promote positive aging. On his travels he met some extraordinary characters over 60-year-old – some very close to the 100 milestone – who enjoy each day and inspire others to make their lives equally fulfilling.

Yvonne Dole, pictured, had a car accident when she was 80-year-old resulting in serious concussion. Doctors advised her to hang up her skates. The 86-year-old – who continues to participate in competitions today – says, ‘If I ever get in a bad mood, I look at my peers with their oxygen bags, put on skates and smile .’

Picture: Vladimir Yakovlev/REX

Duan Tzinfu, 73, demonstrates his amazing flexibility. He only started training when he turned 60. Before, 40 years of hard work at a glass production plant meant he could barely walk and was not flexible enough to reach his toes.

Picture: Vladimir Yakovlev/REX

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to New Photos of Fit Old People

  1. Lloyd, love this post. You have been an inspiration for the last 4 or 5 years since I saw you on SFGate. I just turned 60 in Oct, started weight training at that time and already have a more muscled physique than ever before and better yet a restored sense of youthful solidity and balance. My wife does P90X religiously and is completely transformed. Two years ago we were 40 year smokers, now we are physically preparing as best we can for an active future, it's very gratifying.

  2. active seniors…check this out, Lloyd..
    and by the way,
    if the U of T can hire a retired 94 year old to advise/teach, maybe you (jus a spring chicken in comparison) could score a job advising/teach a course on what "you" do, at a University down there?

    Hazel McCallion isn’t retired quite yet: The 94-year-old former Mississauga mayor just got a job from U of T


  3. Chinese ‘muscular grandpa’ in fantastic physical shape at 93yo

    A 93-year-old Chinese man is putting millions around the globe to shame by staying in shape and in excellent health. Dubbed ‘muscular grandpa’, he hits the gym on a daily basis and has even become something of a local celebrity.

    Shen Hua likes to keep fit and it has become part of his daily routine. At three o’clock he heads out to do his hour-long workout, which includes chin-ups and various the upper body exercises. One might think there is nothing particularly extraordinary about this desire, except for the fact that Shen is 93 years-old!

    latecomer to the world of fitness training and only took up his ritual once he turned 70. For the last 20 years, there has been no stopping him as he does at least 10 standard chin-ups and suspension training, which helps to develop his physical strength. He also mentions that by doing high intensity exercise, this helps to slow his aging process, the People’s Daily reports.

    Before becoming a fitness fanatic, Shen worked as a salesmen and was never interested in taking part in sports

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