A 100-year-old man who works out three hours a day, five days a week, has shared his secrets to longevity, saying he keeps himself in shape, watches what he eats and enjoys two martinis every night.
Les Savino, a centenarian from Hanover, Pennsylvania, celebrated his milestone birthday in August, but he refuses to slow down. He continues to live independently and still visits the Hannover Area YMCA to use the gym during the week.
Monday through Friday, he trains from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – a routine he has kept since 1983.
“I don’t want to go now that I’m 100, but I’m going anyway. I know it’s necessary if I want to enjoy life. Most people at 100 are no longer enjoying life. My days are as normal as when I was 30,’ Savino told Today.
Les Savino, 100, of Hanover, Pa., visits the Hanover Area YMCA Monday through Friday to do his three-hour workouts.
The centenarian has been following the same workout routine since 1983. He raises expectations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and does cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Exercise is much better than medicine… A lot of people just live on pills, but not me,” he added. “I take pills for high blood pressure and that’s it.”
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he lifts weights to develop his strength. He uses 15 weight machines and did 45 reps on each for a total of 675 reps during his three-hour workout.
Savino focuses on cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which includes eight-mile rides on a stationary bike, two-mile walks on a treadmill, and some additional toning exercises.
Along with decades of regular exercise, the first-generation American attributes his longevity to a number of factors, including good genes.
His mother and father, born in Italy, lived to be 89 and 84 respectively, although they could not afford to see doctors regularly after emigrating to America.
Savino also eats in moderation and likes to fill his plate with vegetables and seafood, although he enjoys a homemade frittata once a week.
Savino (pictured) spent years working for a food company before starting his own consultancy business, which allowed him to travel around the world meeting clients
His preferred diet, which is mostly pescetarian and includes very little meat, is similar to those found in the world’s ‘blue zones’ – the five regions where people are thought to live much longer than the average.
“A lot of people are gorging themselves on food. I just ate [until] my appetite is satisfied and then I quit,” he told Today. “I’m not looking for any special food. I order everything on the menu like everyone else. But for some reason I don’t have much interest in steaks and meat.
Savino noted that he treats himself to a small dessert like a cookie or chocolate pudding after lunch and dinner to satisfy his “extremely dangerous sweet tooth”, but he doesn’t overdo it.
He also has two martinis every night. However, he does not recall consuming alcohol to the point of inebriation, and he has never smoked.
Savino always pursued his passions and surrounded himself with loved ones, which may also have contributed to his longevity.
The veteran served in the military and flew B-17 heavy bombers during World War II. After returning home, he graduated in Food Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and began working for a corporation.
He then started his own consulting business, which allowed him to travel all over the world to meet clients. He has also pursued a number of hobbies over the years, including building and finishing furniture.
Savino credits his longevity to having good genes, eating in moderation, exercising regularly, and pursuing his passions. His meals consist mainly of vegetables and seafood.
The great-grandfather also treats himself to small desserts and two martinis a night, although he doesn’t recall ever overdoing it to the point of getting drunk.
Savino uses a walker to combat his balance issues, but is otherwise lively and able to live life to the fullest.
Savino loved his job, and he didn’t retire until he was 83 because his wife, Barbara, wanted him to cut down on business travel.
He was married to his high school girlfriend for 70 years and they had four children together. He still calls them “children”, although the oldest is 77 years old.
Barbara passed away in 2011 at the age of 89, but he continues to surround himself with family and make new friends at the gym.
“I’m very optimistic, I always have been. I look at the bright side of things,” he explained.
Savino’s wit remains sharp through his love of staying knowledgeable and reading novels, especially mystery novels.
He has never suffered from a serious illness, according to Today, although he does suffer from Ménière’s disease, an inner ear disorder that can cause dizziness.
The great-grandfather uses a walker to combat his balance issues, but is otherwise lively and able to live life to the fullest.
“If you develop a healthy lifestyle, you will go through life enjoying it. If you love life, it keeps you alive,” he said. not stop me.
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