This award-wining documentary challenges our concepts of aging and it inspires people of all ages to live a healthy, active life as they age. On this journey, you will learn about the daily lives of incredible Canadians in their 70s and 80s who choose to stay fit.
They're facing cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, bone fractures, knee replacements, fatigue and the loss of loved ones, but they won't give up and stop having fun. On the contrary, they've taken leading roles in their communities and help other seniors stay fit every day.
With an increasing number of grandfathers and grandmothers enrolled in gyms and community centres, the Canadian province of British Columbia is not only pushing its local population to stay fit, but is also attracting people like 82-year-old George, who moved from Montreal to Whistler because he wants to "keep active and feel normal."
In this documentary, you'll follow the daily lives of individuals like himself, who is busy all year long giving ski lessons at Whistler Blackcomb, biking, swimming, paddle boarding or kite surfing.
You'll meet his best friend Marcel as well, the 73-year-old “crazy dancer” who also teaches skiing in Whistler. In Richmond, you’ll get to know 81-year-old retired school teacher Gwen and cheer for her recovery from an ankle injury so she can continue to pursue her dream to become the ultimate world champion marathon record holder.
You’ll also have the chance to meet 72-year-old Ava, who teaches a popular yoga class in Port Moody, and Barrie, the 76-year-old fitness instructor from The Fit Fellas, a group only for older men in West Vancouver.
Finally, you’ll learn more about 79-year-old Larry, an eccentric retired engineer who built his own 3-storey house in Burnaby and who plays hockey with other men around his age.
The Fit Generation is a passion project created by Elton Hubner, the founder of Eyes Multimedia. It received awards from film festivals in England, France and the United States. The film is currently available all around the world for free on our YouTube channel.