What We Can All Learn From My Grandmother

Posted on by Ben Bruno

Today’s post will be quick, but it’s very meaningful to me and I think it may help you, too.

Last summer I shared a bit about my grandmother and her dedication to exercise and physical activity (you can read that here).

Well, it’s been almost a full year since then and she’s still going strong. Her exercise of choice is swimming by a longshot, but unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to swim as much as she’d like because first the pool was closed for over a month for maintenance, and then when she resumed, the chlorine was giving her skin problems so she’s had to lay off a bit.

That’s a big blow because she struggles with balance and has a slew of other injuries, so the pool is by far the best way to exercise for her.

When I heard the pool was closed, I felt sorry for her because I know how much she likes it and I figured that she couldn’t exercise.

Can’t, however, isn’t in her vocabulary. Since she isn’t able to swim right now, she’s walking for exercise.

Oh, did I mention she struggles with balance and needs a walker to get around? No problem.

I think most people would have taken the pool closing as an excuse to stop working out, but not her. When it comes time to go to the dining hall, she walks the long way around the building rather than taking the elevator, and she walks to the flower shop across the street every day the weather permits. If it’s bad weather, she’ll just walk up and down the halls. Her goal is to get a pedometer and log a mile a day.

The point is, she finds a way to make it happen no matter what. No excuses. No one would fault her for taking it easy, but that’s simply not an option for her because she has made exercise a priority and knows it’s in her best interest to do it.

I think we can all find some inspiration there. I know I certainly do.

Here is a picture of us at breakfast.

I’m pretty darn proud of her and think we could all stand to take a page out of her book.

Makes you think twice about those excuses you’ve been making, huh?

I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. Be sure to check out yesterday’s For Your Viewing Pleasure if you haven’t done so already.

  • Dtloganaustin

    great article, just goes to show, age is just a number, and we should keep moving as long as we can.

  • Mwalkerng

    She sets a great example and never uses excuses to exit beast mode. Respect.

  • Risto Uuk

    You’re an awesome person, Ben! It’s cool to be able to learn from your articles and Facebook posts.

  • Molly

    I love it! My grandmother lived to be 96 and she walked in the Fourth of July 10K race every year until she was 89 I believe, when she broke her hip. She continued to walk after that, just not quite as far.

    When she hit 80, they had to start a new age category for her in the race. Same thing when she hit 85… no wonder she won her age category every year! =)

    I love hearing stories like this Ben. It’s no wonder that you don’t give excuses or back down from challenges! You’ve got a great example to live up to! Great story!

  • Bret Contreras

    Wow Ben! She’s a real inspiration. Thanks, Bret

  • http://www.RadicalStrengthCoach.com/ Steve

    As Winston Churchill said – Never, ever, ever give up…..And that is what I love about the Iron Game…..It’s a war you never win….but the small battles you can win every time you set foot in the gym….make it worthwhile….My greatgrandmother was like that and she live til she was 96

  • Yasemin

    This is a really nice story Ben! My grandfather is approaching 80 and he still goes for walks every morning, does yardwork and even push ups haha! What great motivation to always stay fit and active!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355261132 Marie Galtier

    Your gran reeks of awesome and is more inspirational than she probably knows. I’m going to think of her next time that little wimpy corner of my brain wants to wuss out during any sort of physical activity. Thanks for sharing her story with us!!

  • Ben Bruno

    Thanks for all the great comments! I’m going to share this with her and I know she’ll really appreciate everything you’ve said.