The secret to a vibrant, healthy and passionate lifestyle

I’m Barrie, and I warmly welcome you to my tri-weekly blog

I have a question for you: Do you want to be fit in your 70s and 80s? Answer: Of course you do and this video could help you immensely.

The Fit Generation Documentary

The video is a multi-award-winning documentary about astonishingly energetic people in their 70s and 80s in B.C., who defy the stereotypical image of age. If you are looking for exemplars in your life, you will find these charismatic characters in this documentary. These folks have a deep affinity for life and live life to the fullest.


This group has faced cancer, knee replacements, heart attacks, bone

fractures and the loss of loved ones, yet nothing has deterred these seniors from leading lifestyles which many much younger people would covet. They give us all hope for the future.

Group leaders

George Tjelios-Nicholas 86 and Marcel Richoz 77 spearhead this energetic group of people, who live, socialize and exercise with young people up to 60 years their junior. What is compelling and inspirational about all these seniors is their passion for exercise, showing that age is no “barrie-r” and that we can all reach out and achieve our potential.

The lessons for us

First and foremost, we can all enjoy some measure of fitness whatever our age. The documentary challenges our concept of aging, and inspires people of all ages to live a healthy, active life as they age.

This inspiring 43-minute video about the lives of active seniors on Canada’s West Coast invites the public to re-evaluate its conceptions of aging. It’s available on YouTube: The Fit Generation. You will meet one senior who teaches skiing to young people, one who paddle boards, another who kite-surfs and yet another who aspires to be the world marathon champion.

You are encouraged to sit back and take in this documentary; it just might give you a new perspective on aging and fitness.

In my next blog, I will discuss the many benefits of Pilates.

Fitness Over 50

Yours in fitness,



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Neil Chomos

Barrie, you are truly an inspiration. I have so much respect and admiration for what you do and the fact that you are trying to share this with others. I have been in the fitness industry all of the 34 years of my adult life and wonder if there will be a day when I lose my passion and energy. You have set the bar and given me hope that that day will never come. Keep up the great work, our community needs you.

Barrie Street

Neil, thank you so much for your most
generous words.

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