Dal Richards shows all of us how to stay fit
Orchestra leader Dal Richards has had more than his share of late nights over the years. But that hasn't prevented the 93-year-old Vancouver legend from keeping in remarkably good shape.
I recently dropped by his downtown condo to speak to him about his upcoming November 20 gig with Jim Byrnes at the Yale Hotel.
It's part of the finale in a weeklong series of events to close the fabled blues bar, pending a major upgrade to the heritage building at the north end of the Granville Bridge.
Anyone entering Richards's condo can't miss all the awards on the wall—including Order of Canada and Order of B.C. certificates—as well as some elegant works of art. But for me, one of the most noticeable items in the living room was his exercise bicycle.
Richards explained that he has a personal trainer who visits twice a week. They head over to Andy Livingstone Park to go pole-walking or jogging. And he gets on the exercise bike when he's watching the news.
"I got serious about it when I was chosen to be one of the torch bearers," Richards said.
He didn't want to be seen walking with the Olympic torch, so he started training. And he hasn't stopped.
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