He looks like he is qualified for a role in a kung fu movie, but he is just another grandpa in the neighbourhood – and evidently, a very muscular one too.
At 94, this old man is nothing short of amazing as he surely can flex and show off his muscles.
After photos of the muscular elderly in the gym went viral, Shen Hua, as he is identified, was nicknamed “Muscular Grandpa.”
The grandpa from south China’s Guangzhou province has been working out for 24 years and hasn’t stopped since.
Shen’s routine involves an intense one hour at the gym daily, and he was previously able to do 10 chin-ups in a row, but has slowed himself down with age.
“I always tell myself, don’t go too hard, because I’m old. It isn’t good to use too much energy, I need to be a little bit laid back,” Shanghaiist reported him saying.
So, who says you can’t go to the gym to workout when you’re old?
While most old people shy away from working out, Chhanda Dutta, PhD, chief of the Clinical Gerontology Branch at the National Institute on Aging detests to such mentality, confirming it is actually a myth.
“Exercise is almost always good for people of any age. Exercise can help make you stronger, prevent bone loss, improve balance and coordination, lift your mood, boost your memory, and ease the symptoms of many chronic conditions.
“Some people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are out there running marathons and becoming body-builders,” the expert said.
In fact, “A lot of the symptoms that we associate with old age — such as weakness and loss of balance — are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age,” according to Alicia I. Arbaje, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Bodybuilding.com has also helped some people over 60 figure out what is the best workout for them, which would be a useful guide for the elderly who are motivated to improve their lifestyle.
But before trying any of these workouts, do consult a medical professional who is aware about your personal medical history.