In a new interview, the 95 year-old Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke showed off the home workout he continues to do to this day as he also talked about his excitement at potentially making it to 100.
In a new interview with CBS This Morning, Van Dyke did sit-up exercises in his Malibu home’s backyard before saying that he’s “still dancing” and staying active as he ages.
“I’m 95, and a lot of my friends won’t do these,” he said as he demonstrated his fitness regimen on the ground. “… So all you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you: You can keep going for a long— I’m still dancing! And singing!”
Van Dyke went on to say that he sees himself as an “active” actor, citing his role in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns, when he did an intricate dance sequence. The star explained that he was given “three versions and I took the hardest one. I had to prove I could do it.”
Later in the interview, Van Dyke talked about approaching 100.
“I’m looking forward to 100,” he said. “George Burns made it, and I’m gonna do it too!”
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Van Dyke had told NPR back in 2015 that the hardest part about getting older is “giving up the things that you enjoy doing.”
“I can’t handle the tennis court anymore. I can still run and dance and sing. You know, I made a habit of asking other people in their old age: of all the things you enjoyed doing when you were younger that you can’t anymore, what do you miss?” he said at the time.
“Some people mention golf or tennis,” Van Dyke added. “One woman said, ‘I miss having lunch with the girls.’ But the people who said I wish I had made smarter business decisions, I think they’re missing the point.”
“The point is to enjoy,” he continued. “You have to pick what you enjoy doing, what fulfills you, what interests you. And I realize that’s not possible for a lot of people. As Thoreau said, a lot of people are living lives of quiet desperation. But almost anyone can find that one immersing hobby or pastime that they love to do.”