Every year it’s the same old thing: You toss back a glass of champagne and toast to new beginnings.
With so many temptations around the holidays, it almost seems like you’re setting yourself up for failure.
In fact, you are. Only 8% of people succeed at keeping resolutions of any kind, according to the University of Scranton’s research.
Tired of starting over? Need some fitness inspiration?
My grandpa Jack Houser — or “Papa,” as I call him — will inspire you to make 2017 your healthiest year yet.
This 92-Year-Old Man Works Out Every Day — No Gym Required
For as long as he can remember — and that’s not an old person joke — he’s been exercising seven days a week.
His motto? “A good exercise program is better than any medicine you could ever take.”
Papa can do pull-ups, push-ups, leg lifts and sit-ups without breaking a sweat. You have to see it to believe it (and you can in the video below).
His fitness routine is simple. Three days a week, he lifts weights in his garage. The rest of the week he walks outside or focuses on floor and balancing exercises.
One hour a day, every day.
“People are really amazed that a man at my age can do what I do,” he says. “To tell you the truth, I am amazed by myself. Even my doctors don’t believe it.”
To Papa, age is just a number.
“The age fitness test is a good way to tell how healthy you are and I always test 10 to 15 years younger than I am,” he said. “My primary doctor says I will probably live to 113, if he takes care of me. My dad lived to 100, so there is a good chance I’ll make it.”
You may be asking: How did he get started?
He served in the military for three years during World War II, which taught him a lot about fitness.
He also owned several jean stores and managed women’s shoe stores. If you know anything about retail, you know that type of work involves a lot of time on your feet. He knew building muscle would give his body the support it needs.
Papa’s Advice for Getting Fit — No Matter How Old You Are
Now retired, he wakes up with determination and goes to bed with satisfaction. Occasionally that means eating pie. I mean, he deserves it at his age, right?
You could do the same.
“If I can encourage anybody to keep their activity level up, they’re going to feel better about life, they are going to feel better about their body and their mind will be affected by it,” he says.
Papa suggests taking small steps to start.
“You don’t have a big investment, but you have a great return,” he says.
The hardest part is getting off the couch.
“Have clothes that you enjoy exercising in and keep those clothes out in the morning,” he says. “So when you get up, you will know you are going to exercise.”
Papa says he sees himself still moving 10 years from now.
“I feel like I am going to do this forever,” he explains. “As long as I’m here, I want to be healthy and strong. So I will exercise.”
I know I definitely want to follow in Papa’s footsteps — or at least hope I have a handful of his genes.
Your Turn: What’s your New Year’s resolution?
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