100-year-old man who’s kept his routine since 1983 explains his secret to long life

Aisha Nozari

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100-year-old man who’s kept his routine since 1983 explains his secret to long life

Featured Image Credit: Hanover Area YMCA

Les Savino from Hanover, Pennsylvania, turned 100 back in August, but the centenarian is showing no sign of slowing down.

Savino has kept the same workout routine he’s had since the eighties, and the amount of exercise he does daily is unbelievable.

What’s more, Savino credits his five-times-a-week gym visits to his longevity, and many of us will seriously need to up our game.

Credit: Hanover Area YMCA
Credit: Hanover Area YMCA

Not only does Savino watch what he eats and drinks, but he spends three hours in the gym every day between Monday and Friday, driving himself to the Hanover Area YMCA every morning.

Savino works out between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m and has been doing so since 1983.

He told Today: “I don’t feel like going now that I’m 100, but I still go. I know that it’s necessary if I want to enjoy life. Most people at 100 no longer enjoy life. My days are just as normal as when I was 30.

“Exercise is much better than medicine… A lot of people just live on pills, but I don’t. I take pills for high blood pressure and that’s the extent of it.”

As for Savino’s specific workouts, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he’ll build his strength by lifting weights. He uses an impressive total of 15 different weight machines and busts out 45 reps on each, adding up to 675 reps per workout.


Then, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Savino focuses on cardio and will not only cycle eight miles but take on two-mile walks on the treadmill.

Savino also pointed out that both his Italian parents had good genes, with his mum and dad dying aged 89 and 84 respectively.

When it comes to his diet, Savino is pescatarian and said he likes to load his plate with vegetables and seafood - but will treat himself to a homemade frittata every week.

Credit: Unsplash
Credit: Unsplash

“A lot of people just gorge themselves on food. I just eat [until] my appetite is satisfied and then I stop.

“'I don’t look for any special food. I order everything off the menu like everybody else. But for some reason, I don’t have much interest in steaks and meat,” he explained.

Savino also confessed to drinking two martinis a night and satisfying his sweet tooth with desserts like cookies and chocolate pudding, but added that surrounding himself with loved ones was also key to his long life.

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Aisha Nozari
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