101-year-old celebrates birthday working out at gym

101-year-old celebrates birthday working out at gym

HONOLULU — A 101-year-old man in Hawaii celebrated his birthday Wednesday doing what he enjoys most — working out.

James Chou was born in China and moved to Hawaii in 1956 after serving in the Chinese Air Force, KHON reported. He worked many years as a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Shortly after he retired when he was 68, he joined 24 Hour Fitness Pearl City.

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He and his son work out at the gym six days a week.

“Dr. Chou is an inspiration to everyone he meets,” Rob Philyaw, the gym’s general manager told KHON. “In the face of a pandemic and being considered higher-risk, he makes time for exercise and rarely misses a day. We can all learn from Dr. Chou’s commitment to exercise when we’re feeling unmotivated or nervous about exercising right now.”