The Inspirational Marathon Runner Fauja Singh
Fauja Singh is a remarkable person and someone who is a living example of what a healthy mindset and healthy lifestyle can do. He currently holds many records for his running. So, what makes him remarkable? Well, he is currently 106 years old, and he completed marathons when he was over 100 years old! Just a few weeks before he reached 102, he completed the Hong Kong Marathon.
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.
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 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 mentions that he has been very careful with his diet over the years. He says that he limits his food intake by eating half a normal portion of food.
Here we have a great example to follow. I personally do not 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.
Here’s a clip from that BBC Documentary I watched years ago, enjoy.
- 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