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WWII Veteran Who Drinks And Smokes Reveals His Secret To Long Life

WWII Veteran Who Drinks And Smokes Reveals His Secret To Long Life

A lot of people reckon they know the secret to long life and they usually put it down to clean living and crap like cucumber water.

Ninety-eight-year-old World War II veteran John Hamilton is here to tell you that all that preaching to avocados and vegan diets is about as reliable as a Jeremy Kyle lie detector.

The great-granddad, who smokes and drinks every day, has pretty much put an end to the concept that you have to remove the good things in life to live longer. He says his secret is going to the gym five days a week, working up a sweat, and also leaving room for his trusty pipe and a glass of wine.

Ex-Army major John will get to the gym at 8am Monday-Friday and spend an hour-and-a-half on an exercise bike, treadmill and doing 400 stomach crunches. Four-fucking-hundred.

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The young-at-heart pensioner has smoked a pipe since he was 18 and is partial to a glass or two of red, but he maintains a healthy diet. He claims that his youthful looks and health are down to his training routine, saying that if he didn't go to the gym he'd probably be dead.

"My age is just a number - it's about how I feel," he said.

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John, who recently had a knee replacement, started hitting the gym at the ripe age of 85 years old after giving up golf because it was 'too strenuous'.

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"Coming to the gym keeps me mentally fit as well as physically fit, which is very important when you get to my age," he said. "My wife died of dementia so I'm all too aware of it, but going to the gym regularly is a very good way of preventing it.

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"I finish off every session with 400 crunches and always do some pulling and pushing movements, too."

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"It's very important to keep the legs strong so I do leg raises as well. I don't need to use a stick because my legs are still quite strong," he continued.

Turning 99 in April, John has no intention of slowing down his routine. What a guy.

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Topics: Gym

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.