“Just Do It!” Working out and getting fit, this is the first fitness quote that comes to my mind. I know it was a Nike slogan, but it was a damn good one for the simple fact of the matter that when asked for my favorite fitness quote this was exactly the first thought to pop into my mind.
When asked for favorite motivational quotes by the Slim by the Summer Ladies, I decided to look a bit deeper.
So, I dug a bit more and found a quote by my favorite funny lady (yes Ellen Degeneres). Here it is: “You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”Ellen Degeneres–My Favorite Funny Lady
Quite simply it left me smiling from ear to ear, because it reminded me of my great-grandfather (Pop-Pop-as the great-grandkids referred to him), who happened to live until the ripe old age of 103. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had him in my life for 13 years before he passed away. He turned 90 years old the year I was born.
I even had some amazing memories growing up getting to know him. He was truly healthy and had all his senses pretty much until then, when old age eventually just got the better of him. I learned so much from him and thank god everyday for that.
But when asked at his hundredth birthday party, which was pretty huge and out at a fancy restaurant over 100 people including tons of family and friends, what contributed to him living so long, he had two responses. The first, he simply explained that when death came to find him, he couldn’t find him because he was never at home.
Those, who knew my great-grandfather, knew he liked to walk everyday over a mile. So now we apparently knew why! The second was quite simple as well, he made sure to drink a glass of red wine with dinner every night.
Yet again, here was a man that was born in Northern Italy, immigrated and landed at Ellis Island in the early 1900s, so I think he was entitled to that one glass of wine. Hey, he was the father to six kids, grandfather to 13 and great-grandfather to more than 20. So maybe he was onto something (back them I was a kid, but now as a mother I look it this one with a bit different eyes!).
What does this have to do with me, twenty three years after his demise. Well, I still remember how healthy he was and still am in awe that at that age he would walk over a mile daily. If anyone could motivate others to stay fit and be healthy it was him. And that phrase he spoke back at his 100th birthday celebration resonates with me and makes me know I have so much more to live for and would love to make it to that point in my life as healthy as him.
Yes it is a long way off, but still if I get in shape and try to stay there maybe someday I can be as fortunate and blessed as him.
And yes at this point I am not walking to keep death at bay, but I am doing it to indeed be healthy and to be able to do so for as many years as possible.
So, as my great-grandfather would say as he raised his glass of wine, ” A Salute!”, which in English means “Cheers!!” And as Ellen would say, “Don’t Get Lost” and Nike, “Just Do It”.
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