The Inspirational Marathon Runner Fauja Singh
There are many centenarians in the UK, but Fauja stands out from the rest. When he was over 100 years old he was able to run the London Marathon! An amazing accomplishment! He holds many different records according to his wikipedia page.
Who is Fauja Singh?
Fauja Singh was born on the 1st of April 1911. He is part of the Sikh community in the UK and is of Punjabi Indian descent.
I’ve been following Fauja Singh for quite a few years. I first saw him on a TV Documentary when he took part in the London Marathon. On there he described his diet, and it’s clear that he’s been practicing calorie restriction for many years.
On Wikipedia it says that Mr Singh is 5 ft 8″ tall and weighs just 115 lbs. So he is very lean, but this is probably a result of expending lots of energy running and aging itself, not just CR.
CR Slows Down Muscle Aging
It’s been shown in rodents and rhesus monkeys that a CR diet preserves muscle mass and function with age. Also, in biopsies taken from people practicing long term calorie restriction (age 58 ± 7.4), gene expression profile of their muscles was found to be more similar to 30 year old controls. Big muscles require more calories, which accelerates ageing. CR does decrease muscle mass a little (depends on severity of restriction), but it preserves the muscles you have and its function for decades longer.
Fauja Singh Diet Plan
Fauja Singh believes that the reason he has lived so long is because he also abstains from both smoking and alcohol, and he follows a vegetarian diet. He includes many fresh foods in this diet. Fauja has also limited the amount of food that he eats every day.
In the BBC interview below he told the reporter that he ate only a child’s size portion of food. He is practicing calorie restriction which has been known to prolong lifespan and it seems to be paying off for him.
A great example to follow!
I respect people like Fauja a lot. He has tried to live the best he could given the circumstances and things that he faced in life. He is a strong person who desires to live life and not slow down.
I follow a similar lifestyle to Faujua: I don’t drink alcohol, I’ve never smoked, and for most of my life I’ve been active.
I’ve also been vegetarian since 2007 and ‘mostly’ vegan since 2012, and will continue continue to eat this way for health and ethical reasons.
I hope I can be in as good shape as he is when I reach that age. Actually, I hope to reach the 22nd century! 🙂 By then, I think it’s very possible we’ll have ways to reverse ageing.
Many people today in their 60s and 70s are not able to do what this man has accomplished, but I think that more people could, if they followed this way of life. Some people say: “it’s genes” and then forget about it.
I think people underestimate how much of an impact diet and exercise can have. You have to remember that the choices you make today are important for your health decades from now. Make the right choices.
I recommend checking out and joining his Facebook page to keep up to date with what he’s up to.
Also check out the following on Fauja Singh
- Video: Fauja Singh Turns 104 Years Old (19 minutes)
- The Secret Of Life Is Happiness Says 104 Years Old Fauja Singh (8 minutes)
- Benefits Of Calorie Restriction
Calorie restriction in humans inhibits the PI3K/AKT pathway and induces a younger transcription profile