|IS GAZING INTO THE MIDDLE DISTANCE
CONSIDERED A SPORT?
This week’s arts and culture column reflects on a documentary in which old people (a term I, being one of them, much prefer to “seniors”–better yet, why not elders?) take to the tennis court, swimming pool, boxing ring, track, golf links and more.
Here’s how it begins:
We’ve all heard it. Seventy is the new 50. You’re only as old as you feel.
Enter “Impossible Dreamers,” a documentary about competitive “senior” athletes.
The film opens with legendary golfer Gary Player, 80, distinguished silver hair neatly combed, hopping spryly onto a rapidly-moving exercise apparatus.
“Instead of spending money at the bar, and overeating, buy yourself a treadmill,” he suggests, pounding away. “Put it in your bathroom … all you do is spend five minutes in the morning, five minutes in the evening. It’ll be like the greatest miracle. …This is the best doctor in the world, right here.”
A mad gleam in his eye, he then goes into the “speed” portion of his workout, huffing and puffing like a demented steamboat.
Many of us live in apartments so — let’s say cozy — that the living room wouldn’t accommodate a treadmill, never mind in the bathroom.