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Stay Young? Roger That

Updated: Friday, January 31 2014, 11:37 AM CST

Born in 1921, Roger Owen wasn't sure just how long he'd be around.

"I didn't think I'd see this century, but here I have," admitted Roger.

Not only has Owen made it to the 21st century, he's a member of the century club.

"I walk one to two days a week - two miles a day," Owen said.

As part of his fitness routine, Roger walked more than 100 miles last year. But that's just the first step to staying healthy. Owen, who will turn 93 in March, exercises six days a week for nearly an hour a day at the Buckner Villas senior living community. Since moving in three and a half years ago, he's lifted nearly four million pounds in the wellness center.

"He is an extremely self-motivated individual," said Holly Jones, Wellness Director for Greenridge at Buckner Villas. "He's determined to stay strong, and he's determined to stay healthy."

An engineer by trade, Owen is certainly no dumbbell. He knows staying in shape is the secret to spending more time with his 15 grand and great grandchildren.

"I'm not bad for an old coot," exclaimed Owen as he flexes his bicep. "I think I can be useful to my kids and grand kids and great grand kids. I think I can help them out sometimes."

Roger tells us he does not drink soda and rarely eats dessert. But those aren't the only "temptations" this 92 year old avoids.

"I don't drink or smoke or chew, and I don't go with girls that do," Owen said proudly.

The Buckner Villas are located at the corner of Wandering Way. At 92 years young, Roger Owen has certainly found the right path to living a long, healthy life. The guy who wasn't sure he'd see the turn of the century, looks like a lock to celebrate his own 100 year milestone. For him, it's only a little more than seven years...Or 700 miles away.

by Adam Winkler

Stay Young? Roger That


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