War veteran celebrates 100th birthday with gym session

A World War II veteran has celebrated his landmark 100th birthday in style with his daily trip to the gym.

Retired army major John Hamilton, who was evacuated from Dunkirk, doesn’t let his old age get the better of him and works out every day for 90 minutes.

The great-grandad, who smashed a rowing world record five years ago, is in remarkable shape and believes his health is improving.

John Hamilton, pictured last year, has celebrated his 100th birthday with a daily work out. Source: 7News

He arrives at his local gym in southwest England at 8am every weekday morning and puts himself through a gruelling routine that would leave many men half his age gasping.

“It’s what I feel, and every day I feel I want to go to the gym, it’s an addiction,” he told 7News last year.

A typical session sees him push his limits with 20 minutes on an exercise bike, 15 minutes on the treadmill and then 400 stomach crunches.

Mr Hamilton is a retired army major and was evacuated from Dunkirk. Source: 7News
Mr Hamilton doesn’t let his age get in the way of a thorough work out. Source: 7News

Incredibly he drinks a glass of wine every other night and only gave up smoking his pipe six months ago.

Mr Hamilton, who had a knee replacement aged 93, still drives his VW Polo into town every day – after having his licence renewed this month.

“I feel so fit and healthy like I could live on for another 10 years or more,” Mr Hamilton said.

The doting family man has three children, eight grandchildren and an impressive 10 great-grandchildren.