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So You Want to Live to 100?


Continuing to hone your passion is one way to stay sharp and healthy into your golden years.

Doing your best to stay naturally healthy doesn’t just add life to your years…it can add years to your life. And with so much to see and do across the globe, who doesn’t want to live longer and happier?

Here are a few suggestions to do just that.

  1. Move Often.
    Your ability to move and get around is a good indicator of healthy aging, according to a review of studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “The review confirmed that increased physical activity and exercise are extremely important for healthy aging,” study researcher Cynthia J. Brown, M.D., of the University   of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. “We’ve also identified mobility-limiting risk factors and created an approach to help medical professionals screen for and treat those risk factors.”
  2. Exercise REGULARLY. The 123-year-old Carmelo Flores Laura, potentially the oldest living person documented, says he owes his longevity to regular exercise. “I walk a lot, that’s all. I go out with the animals,” Flores told the Associated Press.
  3. Get fishy. Consuming lots of omega-3 fatty acids — which are found in fish, as well as some vegetables and seeds — could boost your longevity. A Harvard School of Public Health study showed that older people with the highest levels of omega-3s in their blood had longer lifespans by 2.2 years (on average) than those with low omega-3 blood levels.
  4. Cut the sugar. Got a sweet tooth? It’ll cost you. Researcher Cynthia Kenyon, a geneticist at the University of California, San Francisco, decided to give up sweets after she discovered that a sugary diet cut the lifespan of roundworms by 20 percent. Sure, it isn’t quite as definitive as a study in humans, but when a longevity researcher makes a dramatic change to improve her health, we listen up!
  5. Find reasons to laugh.  In a 2012 study published in the journal Aging, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University identified certain personality characteristics that a group of 243 centenarians had in common. Among them? A love of laughter. “They considered laughter an important part of life,” the lead researcher said.

Let Us Help You Thrive

Chances are you’ll live longer than you think. Heed the warning of one elderly woman who observed, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

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