100-year-old exercise buff celebrates birthday at fitness center

Longtime Escondido resident Irwin Wertheimer turned 100 and celebrated his birthday at his native 24 Hour Health fitness center, the place he works out a number of occasions every week.

“Why not?” Wertheimer stated. He was headed there for his hourlong Monday morning exercise anyhow. He drove there as standard and introduced alongside his canine, DJ, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

However along with train, there was extra in retailer for Wertheimer.

Irwin Wertheimer, celebrating his 100th birthday at 24 Hour Fitness

Irwin Wertheimer, celebrating his one hundredth birthday at 24 Hour Health Escondido La Terraza membership receives congratulations from Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara.

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Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara offered Wertheimer with a certificates in honor of his one hundredth birthday and known as it “Irwin Wertheimer Day.”

Irwin Wertheimer with 24 Hour Fitness Trainer Yuri Imaizumi at the 24 Hour Fitness La Terraza club.

Irwin Wertheimer with 24 Hour Health Coach Yuri Imaizumi on the 24 Hour Health La Terraza membership.

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Carrying a black sports activities cap and sash, saying “100 Never Looked So Good,” Wertheimer bought cheers from a number of dozen fellow exercisers and the fitness center’s workers.

“Irwin is one our favorite members at 24HF as he is always smiling and so happy, especially on Fridays when he brings DJ, his corgi. His secrets to living a long life: ‘try to be happy, don’t hold grudges, never smoke and have a healthy diet,’ ” stated Chris McClure, common supervisor of the Escondido La Terraza 24 Hour Health fitness center.

Wertheimer, who has been going to that fitness center for greater than 20 years, takes three senior health courses per week; two cardio courses and one yoga class, every an hour lengthy. Up till about 5 years in the past, he used to additionally swim, and when he was youthful, he ran and performed soccer.

“You gotta exercise,” Wertheimer stated. Alongside together with his exercises, he takes walks — about 1.5 to 2 miles a day, throughout his neighborhood.

The 100-year-old train buff is an inspiration to others in his courses, the place he’s the oldest participant.

“Irwin has been a member for over 20 years with 24HF — about 20 percent of his life — just goes to show you that regular exercise will Help you live longer and happier,” McClure stated.

Train is prime on the record when Wertheimer is requested in regards to the secret for an extended, blissful life. However there’s extra he stated.

“Live one day at a time and be happy,” Wertheimer stated.

“Good food and an optimistic attitude are important and don’t smoke — I lost my wife because she smoked,” stated Wertheimer, whose spouse, Marilyn, died at age 81 three years in the past.

Wertheimer, who lives independently in his home, prepares his personal meals and makes certain they’re wholesome. A typical breakfast consists of salmon with broccoli, sprouts, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes and almond milk and perhaps a poached egg, however no bacon. For lunch he typically has soup and a banana, and for dinner, meat, hen or shrimp. He drinks numerous water and has wine (no beer) just for social events and drinks inexperienced tea (no espresso).

Working has stored Wertheimer younger.

“Work is stimulating,” stated Wertheimer, who didn’t cease going to the workplace till he was 89.

His son took over 15 years in the past as CEO of the Escondido-based household Business, Rely Equipment Inc., however Wertheimer stored working there doing his half. The corporate produces print ending merchandise starting from binding and perforating to numbering for the Graphic Arts Trade worldwide.

He jokes that he by no means labored a day in his life since he loved his work.

“To me work is a challenge. I loved it,” Wertheimer stated.

After World Conflict II, and after serving as a Navy corpsman at Nice Lake Navy Base in Chicago, Wertheimer began working as an inventor. He labored on updating printing press machines to be extra environment friendly. Wertheimer, who has a bachelor’s diploma in chemistry from Northwestern College within the Chicago space, labored with an engineer to design one of many first bimatic numbering machines that goes ahead and backward.

Wertheimer, who was born in Cleveland, is planning an enormous household celebration in September with three youthful siblings, who’re throughout 90. His siblings, alongside together with his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are slated to journey from throughout the nation and across the globe for the occasion.

Wertheimer continues to maintain his thoughts sharp together with his hobbies, amassing stamps, beer cans and different objects and attending senior courses at California State College San Marcos via the Osher lifelong studying program. He has taken courses, for instance in Greek and Roman Historical past and the historical past of religions.

“It is important to be inquisitive and stay interested in the world,” he stated. “I don’t like the situation with the war. I wish people made love instead of war.”

Wertheimer’s recommendation: “You gotta laugh. You only go around once so be thankful and enjoy the days you got.”

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