Few things fire me up more than those who keep climbing the ‘mountain of athleticism’ despite the odds.
Dr. Howard Tucker is a prime example:
Tucker was born… wait for it… in July of 1922! He has been married to his wife for 66 years and has four kids and 10 grandkids. Plus…
This 101-year-old is still working as a neurologist!
(Not part time – full time!)
While many people are lucky just to break a hundred, those who do are rarely still working in their career.
What’s his secret?
Tucker believes they definitely play a role but they aren’t the only reason:
“Genetics is a head start, but no more than that.”
Outside of working each day, he simply runs on the treadmill a few times per week.
Besides these, he shares three tips for his unbelievable (quality) longevity:
#1: Don’t retire completely
Most of Tucker’s day consists of working as normal (morning is spent doing hospital rounds and afternoon is in his office).
“I think retirement remains the enemy of longevity”
He believes the more interested and curious we are about the world around us, and the more we can take pleasure in the work we do, the better.
#2: Think young
One way Tucker does this is by setting compelling, future goals. An upcoming one for him is to hike the Alps. He’s noticed that friends of his who started seeing themselves as old have been the ones who haven’t lived as long. Another way is ‘thinks young’ is he consciously spends time with people younger than him.
“I have good friends who are in their 70s and 80s, and they keep me young”.
#3: Loving relationships
Tucker attributes much of his longevity to his relationship with his wife and the connection that he has with his family. He stays involved in their life and has learned a crucial lesson in all relationships: let go of hatred. He says the tension, frustration and judgement isn’t worth holding onto and hurts us in the process.
While these tips may be simple, there’s something to be said about the power of each one (especially compounded).
And while not everyone may reach the centenarian milestone like Tucker, without a doubt our health, fitness and wellbeing would be greatly enhanced if we took his tips to heart.
P.S. If you combine Dr. Tucker’s tips with the 4 Warrior Spirit Mentality lessons from the September Mind-Body Breakthroughs you can take your athleticism to an uncommon level and truly be a force to be reckon with. Check out the latest issue here.
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