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Take health tips from 71-year-old powerlifter Ray Fougnier

September 4, 2014

Powerlifting is a sport that requires extreme strength, training and concentration. For 71-year-old Ray Fougnier, it's a passion he discovered not too long ago, reported Senior Planet. In 2012, he was encouraged by a fellow gym-goer to try the sport, and he's been lifting competitively ever since. He recently brought home five medals from the Powerlifting Federation World Championships in South Africa. His success is an inspiration to those of all ages. Specifically, there are many senior health tips from Fougnier's experience that can be useful for older adults.

Get moving

Fougnier always made fitness a priority, so it wasn't hard for him to engage in regular exercise in his older years, he told Senior Planet. His mother had diabetes, and that helped fuel his passion for physical activity. According to the American Diabetes Association, light exercise every day can contribute to a healthy lifestyle for seniors and reduce their risk for developing the disease. Not only that, but it also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and improves blood circulation. For these reasons, Fougnier advised older adults to find an activity that encourages them to stay active, Senior Planet reported.

Show pride in your achievements

Before Fougnier won medals for powerlifting, he was the head of the American Indian program at Cornell University, reported Senior Planet. The school wanted to develop the program in 1981, and Fougnier took ownership of it and created something that he considers one of his greatest life achievements. Despite all of his medals for his athletic accomplishments, he told the source he sees his educational contributions as the most rewarding and impactful. Feeling productive and inspirational can boost self esteem and keep spirits high.

Don't live with regrets

When asked what he wished he had known when he was 30, Fougnier told Senior Planet that he doesn't like to look back on the past and ponder what he could have done differently, as that kind of thinking does nothing but cause stress. According to Psychology Today, he's right. Living in the moment helps reduce stress and anxiety. Next time people feel as though they're wallowing in the past, they should try to be at peace and practice mindfulness to curb the negative thoughts.

Take advantage of retirement 

Fougnier told Senior Planet that the best part of his golden years is that he finally has time to explore what makes him happy. Older adults should make the most of their retirement and see it as an opportunity to find new hobbies, maintain a healthy lifestyle and devote their time to what they love.