Being an athlete does not have a limit to one’s age. This is still the attitude of Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner, who was born in April 1911 in Punjab, India. Since then, he has lived in England where he took part in many events throughout his life. However, for him, running wasn’t something that was on his radar originally.
Singh’s legs were so weak that he was unable to walk until he was five years old. He eventually got stronger, and at the age of 89, he completed his first marathon in London. How did Fauja Singh, who could barely walk as a teenager, become such a strong and inspiring marathon runner? According to Religion News, Fauja Singh believes that healthy eating is the key to a long and healthy life.
Singh has promoted health and wellness in conjunction with his counsel. He has urged everyone, regardless of age, to exercise and eat well while treating the world and all creation with care. According to the piece, Singh has supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) efforts to promote vegetarian eating through campaigns.
Researchers from the University of Glasgow helped to demonstrate that a vegetarian diet has several significant advantages, including a healthy, longer life. The study looked at self-reported dietary behaviors among healthy adults in the United Kingdom ranging in age from 37 to 73. Vegetarians and meat-eaters were separated into two distinct groups of 166,516 individuals.
Despite similar risk factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, obesity, education, smoking, and alcohol consumption, vegetarians had significantly decreased levels of 13 biomarkers in the study. These included LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and proteins connected to heart disease. Some of the biomarkers were also connected to a decreased risk of kidney function, liver function, and cancer cells.
It’s also essential to emphasize that although he promoted vegetarianism, the world’s oldest marathoner ate a balanced, nourishing diet. That means avoiding ultra-processed meals, which have been linked to an increased risk of death.
Singh ran until he was nearly 100 years old, despite the fact that he no longer participates in marathons. He has set several world records for people over 100, including the hundred-meter sprint and the marathon for males over 100. Singh continues to be active today by walking five kilometers each day around London’s neighborhoods. He still likes to walk as his preferred mode of transportation, although he does have a liking for racing motorbikes.
From the time of his debut, Singh was a prominent and influential figure. He raised issues such as classism, racism, illiteracy prejudice, disability prejudice, and ageism. He also refused to profit personally from the money earned through sponsorships. Instead he demanded that all sponsorship revenue be given to charity.