MIAMI SHORES (CBS4)-Three times a day 90-year-old Emory Lang does what he loves. He hits the water on his 28 pound fiberglass rowing shell and rows for at least an hour in Miami Beach.
“I feel very comfortable because I do something that is so beautiful,” he said. “The sport is so beautiful I feel confident in myself that I could still do it.”
At a time when most people are getting ready or thinking of retiring and maybe playing gold, Lang, a Hungarian who moved to the U.S. in 1948, took on rowing 25 years ago.
“It is very seldom that you have a 65-year-old start the sport at that age (when) you are at the end of your career,” said Lang.
For him, it was the beginning of something new. Lang, who now lives in Miami Shores, took his passion for rowing to the next level.
He is now the oldest competitive rower in the world.
“I don’t think I’m 90… not one bit” said Lang just before taking off on his row boat from the Miami Beach Rowing Club.
Lang credits his lifetime of fitness and lack of injuries for staying active.
He told to CBS 4’s Marybel Rodriguez that he played soccer professionally and ran track and field. Now that he’s rowing he hits the gym and goes swimming.
However, he prefers rowing because he says there are no injuries involved.
“Every other sport has injuries, not here on the water” said Lang.
He said exercising is important for him and he doesn’t know what he will do if he ever has to stop.
Rowing is a great source of exercising that will keep you in shape physically and mentally, reported Rodriguez.
For those who would like to give rowing a try, start off on the stationary rowing machines available at your local gym.