LV= uses cookies to give you the best experience online and to provide anonymised, aggregated site usage data. You can find out what cookies we use and how you can disable them in our Cookie Policy. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them.

skip to main content


From money saving to healthy living tips and much more, we've got it covered.

Take a look through our articles below and see if we can help you find a story to inspire you.

Cartoon animation of a park with colourful people silhouettes and trees

Staying super fit and active

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The idea that so-called extreme sports are the luxury of young people is, simply put, a falsehood. Yes, certainly, many people like the idea of winding down for a quiet, simple life in retirement, but there are others who are keen to become more active and daring now that they have the time to do so.

It also pays to keeping physically fit in later life. Not only are you likelier to be healthier than your more sedentary peers, it also promotes better wellbeing and independence.

You have to tip your hat to retirees who are interested in embracing pursuits that defy social expectations and challenge even medical assumptions about what is possible when you are 60 and over. Why can’t retirees be adrenaline junkies? Life is to be lived after all!

Here are a few individuals whose passion for a more thrilling, exciting and action-packed existence is something to behold. They just go to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Utterly inspirational;

George A. Blair - Waterskier

George A. Blair’s nickname was banana, a nickname he picked up because of his bright trademark yellow wetsuit he would wear when barefoot waterskiing.

He was 40 when he got into barefoot waterskiing, a hobby he pursued with gusto into his 90s! According to the Guinness Book of Records, George is the only person to have waterskied on all seven continents.

Jim Morris – Bodybuilder

As a recent PETA campaign showed, bodybuilder Jim Morris is still, to use the industry vocabulary, ‘as ripped as ever’ – at 78, he is still as muscular as ever, a feat he puts down to hard work in the gym and being a vegan.

Jim, who was Elton John’s personal bodyguard, used to be a meat eater before turning vegetarian at the age of 50, finally transitioning to a full vegan diet at the age of 65.

Fauja Singh – Marathon runner

After taking part in countless marathons, the centenarian Fauja Singh finally decided to hang up his running shoes last year … at the age of 101.

Another vegetarian – perhaps this is the secret? – Fauja has said that while he may no longer ‘compete’ in the long-distance event, he continues to run regularly for pleasure and to stay fit and healthy.

John Zapotocky - Surfer

A keen surfer all his life, John Zapotocky stayed committed to riding the waves well into his 90s with his trademark paddle by his side.

Though he had multiple injuries over the years, he never gave up the surfer lifestyle and continued to pursue the activity with as much energy and vigour as he did in his youth, proving that where there is will, there is a way.

This link will take you back to the Love Retirement homepage where you can find more interesting articles to read.

Save for retirement

Save for your retirement with our pension which offers a wide range of investment options to choose from.

Going into retirement

Use your pension fund to get a regular income in your retirement years - either for the rest of your life or for a specified period.

Improve your retirement

Release cash from your home to spend however you want and enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle in retirement.