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Social conventions have conditioned us to think that aging means slowing down, becoming sedentary and living a quieter, less active life. Society couldn’t be any more wrong. In fact, studies show that an active and healthy routine helps brain function, increases strength, balance and flexibility, and allows older adults to maintain independent lifestyles.
Which is why we were delighted to read this story about Kittie Weston-Knauer, a 69-year-old BMX racer who’s been competing on the national circuit for the past 30 years. Weston-Knauer took up the sport on a dare from her then 11-year-old son, who had already been cycling for several years. Already an avid bicyclist, Weston-Knauer took to the sport immediately. She is enjoying her reign at the top of her age category and has no intention of stopping.
Weston-Knauer remains engaged in the sport because she has fun doing it, which is a major motivation to keep moving. Find an athletic activity that speaks to you—whether it’s walking, dancing, weight training or kayaking—and you’ll not just stay healthy, you’ll be happy, too!
 Moderate physical activity linked to increases in metabolism across brain regions. National Institute on Aging. Retrieved from https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/moderate-physical-activity-linked-increases-metabolism-across-brain-regions.
 Retrieved from http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity.
 Hurford, M. (September 11, 2017). This 69-Year-Old Grandmother Is Still Crushing the BMX Race Scene. Bicycling.com. Retrieved from https://www.bicycling.com/womens-cycling/this-69-year-old-grandmother-still-crushing-the-bmx-race-scene