by Dave on January 31, 2014

The Victoria Times Colonist recently published an article on Olga Kotelko a 94 year old Canadian athlete, who holds 26 world records and has earned hundreds of medals – an amazing feat since this retired school teacher didn’t take up track & field until she was 77. The article was based on book, What Makes Olga Run written by Bruce Grierson.

Photo – Frank Gunn – The  Canadian Press

Part of the Article included Olga’s 9 RULES (Source – Random House) for a happy life which I am sharing here:

1.     Keep Moving – move continually even when you are not exercising. “When we move, our bodies and brains work better. We think faster, process information more accurately and remember more.”

2.     Create Routines (but sometimes break them) – “Committing the more mundane parts of our life to habit and routine frees up RAM for things that matter to us.”

3.     Be Opportunistic – “Spend your precious energy wisely.” Conserve energy when you can, but when you need to go for it, go for it.

4.     Be a Good Guy – “Doing good doesn’t just feel good, it works. It’s healthy for the tribe and healthy for us.”

5.     Believe in Something – “Belief is a trait of temperament.” People who embrace life’s

puzzles as opportunities for problem-solving because of larger beliefs tend to thrive.

6.     Lighten Up – “Managing stress is staggeringly important in terms of flipping genetic switches.”

7.     Cultivate a Sense of Progress – According to studies of life satisfaction and human motivation, we all need to feel like we are improving. Identify your expectations, adjust them to allow for “small wins,” then improve on them.

8.     Don’t Do It If You Don’t Love It – “If it’s not fun, don’t do it. That’s easy – because you won’t if it isn’t. People can’t be guilted into lasting healthy behaviour change. Should doesn’t work.”

9.     Begin Now – “not only is midlife not to late to embark on this, providing we rev back up slowly, in some ways, it’s the best time for it. We’re rested, we’re restless, we’re ready.”


“It is never too late to be what you might have been”

         George Eliot

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