Every day I meet and read about people defying their age and doing some amazing things people decades younger would have a hard time to match. When Mark and I lived in Florida, one of the favorite people we met, albeit briefly, was Luis Camacho. At a time when many people his age are sitting in rocking chairs doing crossword puzzles, Luis was opening a boxing gym.
As a former Golden Gloves Boxer himself, Mark came with me when I went to the Grand Opening as a Chamber Ambassador. When we met Luis, we immediately fell in love with his infectious smile and charming personality. We were impressed when we saw him in the ring, holding the mitts for a couple of young boxers putting on an exhibition. When one of his pro fighters stepped in the ring with him we were in awe! Luis was as light on his feet as the boxer he was training and taking the knockout hits with his hands like it was nothing!
After the exhibition was done, we hung around afterward and knew we just had to meet him. We both just about fell on the floor when we found out Luis was 77 years old! Um yeah, 77! When I came up with the idea of the “Six Questions” others who are aging youthful, Luis was the first person I wanted to feature! While Luis is pretty succinct in his answers, I believe you can get a feel for his awesome, positive personality through his answers and that winning smile in his photos!
Name: Luis Camacho
Age: 79 (His 80th birthday is in July!).
Location: Ocala, Florida
Were you always active?
I ran the mile in high school and Cross Country in the Air Force.
Did/do you still participate in sports?
Still training boxers at Camacho Boxing Gym
Do you watch what you eat and do you supplement?
I take my daily vitamins, drink home made herb tea and eat balanced meals.
What are your favorite activities?
Dancing salsa, sleeping 8 hours and chasing young ladies keeps me in shape (hahaha) and drinking a lot of water from my well.
What is YOUR secret to staying young?
I run 1-3 miles, depending on the day and the weather, but I prefer running on the beach! Gardening is one of my favorite ways to stay fit! I do most everyday, cutting trees, digging ditches, transplanting, etc.
What do you say to people who tell you you’re too old to do something?
Ha ha I laugh and tell them “just try to do what I do and I will buy you lunch…if you can’t, you owe me lunch.”
If I followed Luis around for a week, I’d be buying a week’s worth of lunches. Just keep punching Luis!