LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Manohar Aich, Mr. Universe 1952, has dominated news photos for a half century. Today, Manohar Aich pictures are headlining newspapers from his native India to the U.S. with Aich as a health inspiration to our youth. Manohar Aich turns one hundred years old today. Fitness and longevity have always dominated the landscape of our society. But today, two news stories are reminding us about the importance of fitness.
First, Dinah Gould (aka Diana Gould) was announced to be the oldest Olympics London 2012 torch bearer. She will turn 100 years old this May 23. Today she posed for photos for news. She said her secrets to longevity include good genes and staying active.
Manohar Aich turns 100 years old today. Since the day he won the Mr. Universe 1952 competition, Aich had been redefining our perception of fitness. At just 4′11′, Aich disproved news critics in the 1950s, who claimed he never could ever win a major weight lifting competition. In 1950 he won the Mr. Hercules competition. At the Mr. Universe 1951 competition, he was unhappy with his second place finish. So he stayed in London and trained around the clock for one year. The next year he came back and won it.
But despite his Mr. Universe 1952 win, Manohar Aich wasn’t done winning. Over the next decade, he continued to place in the top slots of the competition. Even at age 47, he disproved his critics, finishing fourth in the Mr. Universe 1960 competition.
Jack LaLanne once said “Exercise is king and diet is queen; put them together and you’ve got an empire.” He also said “You eat every day, you sleep every day, and your body was made to exercise every day.”
Last year, LaLanne died at 96 years old. Elaine LaLanne said of Jack at the time “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”
In October 2009, researchers told news that Japan has the world’s longest life expectancy of 83 (for kids born after 2007). The U.S. was 80 years old for births after 2007. The study found that reaching age 100 will become more normal for people born this decade, however. Countries that will show longer life expectancies include France, Germany, Italy, UK, US, Canada, and Japan.
Manohar Aich continues to train to this day. He remains muscular and in good health. And he says he is never stopping. Aich remains a health and fitness inspiration not just to his generation but to countless generations to come.