We pause our regular list of athletes to focus on one of our readers. As can be seen immediately, Mr. Depiano is not your average Joe at 63. We hope its drive will inspire you to boost your weight loss ambitions. It definitely worked for us.
Fitness was not a matter of course for him. "I was the fat boy at school," says Depiano. "I was told to try something different, not sport." He didn't listen and made the running team within six months. "It was my first moment with a light bulb: I realized that success requires hard work," he says.
But stories about academic athletic fame are nothing unique – it's the longevity of his fitness that serves as inspiration. This can make the boom and bust of your weight loss program in January a lifelong pursuit.
"The key to my long-term success is reinvention," says Depiano. "I have to deal with fitness mentally to stay motivated." Repeated sets repeat themselves after half a century.
Depiano's mental and physical appetite for new challenges led him to become a black karate belt and to take part in the UK's ultra-fit championships nationwide. Designed as a test for the Royal Marines, participants are challenged in 10 disciplines, including cardio, lifting and plyometry. Think of it as a Proto-CrossFit. But as the age moved the goalposts, Depiano adjusted. Karate has been replaced by yoga, strength training by endurance – a skill that can be improved long after muscle weakness.
“My goal is to reach a 40-minute 10-km route. I am currently 42 years old, ”says Depiano. "The key is to always have a goal: if you don't hit it, go on. It's not a mistake." Movement is a reward for him: "You feel younger, happier and can do anything." In Depiano Fat and Father Time hit their match. Start your own lasting legacy now.