The fountain of youth may only be a myth, but there are a few tricks that can help vastly improve the quality and length of your life. These Savannah locals are living proof that age doesn’t define or determine your state of health – dedication does. And they’ve decided to share their secrets, so listen carefully.
Dr. Doll Miller
Weight: Ha-ha. You already know that I’m 60 years old. I think that’s as personal as we’ll get!
Workout regimen: When I’m not training for a 60-mile run, I generally do 2.5 hours of cardiovascular exercise Monday through Friday and three to five hours on Saturday and Sunday. I combine running with the Airdyne bike, elliptical and rowing machines.
Philosophy on food: I’ve never been very philosophical about food, but ever since I saw some really cute lambs grazing in a field in New Zealand, I’ve given up eating red meat!
Greatest physical accomplishment: Summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro with my husband and daughters. It was the best of times and the worst of times!
Reason for staying fit: My fitness is very connected to my overall happiness and emotional state of well-being.
Secret to staying healthy: Move more … eat less.
The most interesting thing about the human body is: We are physically capable of doing much more than we find mentally acceptable.
The exercise I hate doing the most is: Sit-ups because my five dogs won’t leave me alone when I’m doing them.
The worst injury I’ve sustained is: A stress fracture in my femur. I ran the Disney World Marathon with that injury. Funny thing about it was the only reason that I didn’t pull out was that I didn’t want to ruin the post-run celebration dinner!
The athlete I most admire is: Patrick Booten—that man has NEVER given up!
Philosophy on food: I have tried everything from vegan to macrobiotic, but find I do best with lean organic meats. I eat several small meals a day, which include green leafy vegetables, fruits and whole grains. I love to cook and experiment with whole foods to create lively and nutritious meals.
Greatest physical accomplishment: Summiting the Grand Teton with my husband and two daughters.
Reason for staying fit: I grew up playing sports, so it never occurred to me not to stay in top shape. Other than the obvious reason of being healthy, it’s just a lifestyle I’ve always been attuned to.
Secret to staying healthy: Take a catnap, eat whole foods, do yoga, marry a man who makes you laugh, and I especially love acupuncture.
The most interesting thing about the human body is: How the emotional body manifests itself in the physical body.
The exercise I hate doing the most is: I can’t think of one as long as it’s done purposefully.
The worst injury I’ve sustained is: Medial meniscus tear.
The athlete I most admire is: Misty May, beach volleyball. She’s fierce and powerful yet sexy and graceful.
To see how others have fared in their Quest to be Fit for Life, take a brisk walk out and pick up the latest issue of South magazine!
Tags: Daniel B. Nagelberg, Dr. Doll Miller, Elaine Zuckerman, Fit after Fifty, Joel Zuckerman, Ph.D.