Posted by: 4pack | October 12, 2009

“Ideal Shape” Profile: Iowa Man, 76, Credits Running And Competition With Great Health

 THIS WAS JUST A GREAT PROFILE OF A MAN WHO RUNS TO MAINTAIN MUSCLE-MASS AND LOWER HIS BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART RATE…VERY INSPIRING…

Harry Klessen, 76, started running when he was 48 and gradually expanded into biking and swimming. He's done 10 half-marathons and seven triathlons since he started. "I rode from Sioux Falls to Rapid City when I turned 60 years old," he says.

Harry Klessen, 76, started running when he was 48 and gradually expanded into biking and swimming. He's done 10 half-marathons and seven triathlons since he started. "I rode from Sioux Falls to Rapid City when I turned 60 years old," he says.

(From ArgusLeader.com article) Exercise might come as close to the fountain of youth as is humanly possible, experts say. Regular exercise builds muscles and endurance and helps maintain a healthy weight. It also moderates mood swings and promotes self-esteem.

Klessen touts running as a way to meet like-minded people and provides a chance to be competitive in races. It’s his personal stress reliever.

“I’ve maintained good muscle tone, gained muscle mass, maintained balance, low blood pressure, a slower heart rate and I’m still a competitive runner,” he says. To commemorate his 70th birthday in 2003 he ran 1,368 miles that year and competed in his first triathlon.

Klessen’s commitment to fitness is unchanged. Six days a week, he’s pounding the pavement, making sure to take at least one day off to recuperate.

He defines a good workout as a 45-minute run using one of five different routes from his east Sioux Falls home.

Even though he’s in good shape, every run is a training run, and no matter how well the workout went, “it seems like there’s always a hill to get back home,” he jokes.

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091012/LIFE/910120311/1052/OPINION01

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  1. My wonderful father, Harry Klessen, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme IV exactly one year to the day this article was published. He passed away on 12/17/2010.

    It was wonderful to see the pics of him when he was healthy and to read his words. Dad was a wonderful guy who did everything “right” healthwise. It is a shame brain cancer research does not get more attention.

    Thank you,

    Susan


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