Jen Murphy has a profile of 67-year-old road warrior Geoffrey Kent, the chairman and CEO of British luxury travel firm Abercrombie & Kent Inc., who has kept fit in the unlikeliest of places by religiously doing the Royal Canadian Air Force calisthenics since 1974. At that time, he was nearly 30 pounds overweight on his 5 foot. 10-inch frame. After four years, he was down to 172 pounds with a 33-inch waist — measurements he maintains to this day.
I have a yellowed copy of a paperback with the Canadian Air Force regimen around here somewhere. I'd frankly forgotten that I did them at some point in my life. Amazon has loads of editions, but the most recent dates back to 1990. One of the beauties of the exercises is that you don't need any equipment, which is perfect, of course, for those of you always on the move.
I wonder about those stats Kent reveals. I used to be 5 foot 10 myself. Even a smidge over. Now I'm 5 foot 9. Alas, we shrink. I wonder when Kent is going by the figure last given him by a medical professional or if he's inclined to deny the reality of the shrinkage, as I did for many years. My weight right now is about the same as Kent's, give a pound or two, and I recently bought two pairs of 33-inch pants after several years of reluctantly wearing size 34. But when I measured myself properly a few weeks ago, winding the tape measure around yhe navel, I was actually a gasp-inducing 36. My wife says "all you men think your thin because you wear your pants below your belly." She has a point.
The exercises take Kent about 30 minutes; he does them 5 days he week. For exercises that call for dumbbells, he uses his briefcase, which weighs about 25 pounds. He also runs five miles on a treadmill, although that presumably is not available at some of the exotic locations he travels to, such a safari camp in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. He played polo for many years, and still takes tennis lessons on Saturday mornings.
As you would expect, Kent's diet is modest and reasonable, although he admits to splurging on Lay's potato chips and hot dogs when in the U.S.
The story is the Wall Street Journal. You may need a subscription to read it — and there's a lot more of interest — although the email link I've provided is good for seven days.