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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,[1] increases strength, balance and flexibility, and allows older adults to maintain independent lifestyles.[2]

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.[3] 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!

[1] 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.

[2] Retrieved from http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity.

[3] 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