92-year-old man achieves the historic feat of being the oldest person to complete a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike.

Achievement demonstrates that it is never too late to start living healthily, as Alfredo Aliaga Burdio began his healthy lifestyle in his mid-70s.

“I didn’t start living a healthy lifestyle until I was 76,” said Alfredo Aliaga Burdio, a 92-year-old resident of Berlin who recently became the oldest person to cross the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim on foot, according to Guinness World Records.

Aliaga attributes his longevity to four factors: monitoring his diet, primarily drinking water, daily 30-minute walks, and getting eight hours of sleep in a dark room.

Guinness recognized Aliaga’s accomplishment after his trek across the Grand Canyon in mid-October, making him the oldest person to complete the 24-mile (38.6km) journey on foot. These tips for longevity are among the eight health measures identified in a study published by the American Heart Association.

Prior to his record-setting hike, Aliaga had hiked the Grand Canyon multiple times. After reading about John Jepkema, who set the record at age 91, Aliaga was inspired to attempt to achieve the same feat.

To prepare for the record attempt, Aliaga walked eight miles (12km) every day. Inclement weather forced him to cancel a previous attempt, but in October, he successfully completed the hike with his daughter, son-in-law, and two volunteer witnesses.

While Aliaga has considered pursuing more age-related records, such as hiking mountains and volcanoes in Argentina and Ecuador, he is also contemplating leisurely hikes in the Grand Canyon in the coming year.

However, Aliaga noted that he has to assess his capabilities as he continues to age.

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