Athletic at any age ... Staying fit for life

January 16, 2009 6:45:20 PM PST
Staying fit until 50 is certainly a goal that fitness experts like to see but what about beyond?Henry Cleaveland said, "I am 90 years and a half."

Jim Boyette said, "Eighty. Be 81 in November."

Beth Gerber said, "I feel like I'm about 38."

For these super-charged seniors, age is no obstacle. Jim Boyette started barefoot waterskiing 36 years ago.

"I'm one of only two people that have competed in every national tournament since 1978," said Boyette.

The thrill of accomplishment, the camaraderie of his team, and the feel of the water have kept him behind a boat, even in the face of injuries and aging muscles.

"I enjoy feeling a feeling of freedom," said Boyette.

And so does 68-year-old Beth Gerber.

"It doesn't matter how old you are. Just keep doing stuff," said Gerber.

On her bike on the court and in the gym, Beth feels 30 years younger than her age and is just as competitive as she's always been.

"You tend to get a little slower, but the people you play with tend to get younger, so it keeps you going," said Gerber.

"You don't have to quit just because your body doesn't do what it used to do," said Cleaveland.

And Henry won't be quitting anytime soon.

"My next goal is to age up at 95, and I've got a few records that I'm going to work on then," said Cleaveland.

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