Americans pursuing fitness well into retirement

Los Angeles Times reports that retired Americans are rejecting the rocking chair — flooding gyms and hiking trails and bike paths like never before.

Often born-again exercisers who got religion in their 50s and 60s after busy, non-athletic careers and family lives, they surprise themselves by reclaiming dormant childhood skills — or developing athletic talent they never knew they had.

Among the leaders of the pack are four Southern Californians — a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer and a triathlete, ages 84 to 94. Using good diets, family support and challenging athletic goals to keep them motivated and youthful, they’re helping prove that sweat equity may be the best social security.

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