By Dave Moller,
Shaking Ed Lawson’s hand would surprise anyone of any age.
The Bowling Green city councilman has the grip of a 25-year-old but it belongs to his 93-year-old body.
Lawson’s nonagenarian strength and lucid mind are not flukes. They come from years of properly taking care of himself and two workouts a week at his beloved Twin Pike Family YMCA in Louisiana.
Lawson drives himself to the Y, where he walks for 60 minutes at a precise four-miles-per-hour around the gym. He also uses a couple of the weight machines and dumbbells to maintain his lifetime weight of 140 to 145 pounds.
He started working out at the YMCA in Hannibal about 12 years ago, tagging along with his late wife, Charlene, and her friends who utilized the swimming pool.
“Charlene was very interested in water aerobics,” Lawson said. “When she couldn’t go up there anymore, I decided to come here.”
“I did it to keep in shape because I was involved in so many things,” he added.
Lawson’s involvement included stints on the Pike County Memorial Hospital and NECAC boards, the Pike County Tourism Commission, the Pike County Historical Society, and the Champ Clark Honeyshuck Restoration board.
Lawson is currently serving in his second term on the Bowling Green Board of Aldermen and is an 18-year member of the Rotary Club. He also belongs to the First Christian Church of Bowling Green.
“At my age, if I don’t do this I won’t be in good health,” Lawson said of his workouts. “It’s very important.”
Lawson still prepares his own meals and watches what he eats closely.
“I eat lots of fruits and vegetables,” he said.
“I never go into a restaurant and order steak,” the YMCA member noted. “I order salad, vegetables and the meat of the day, pork or beef. I don’t care for chicken. I also drink lots of green tea.”