10 Simple Rules to Follow If You Want to Live to 100

working after retirement
working after retirement

You don’t have to become a strict vegetarian—in fact, research has shown that swapping out some of your servings of red meat for high-quality plant protein (such as soy or legumes), can reduce your cholesterol levels.

Other studies have found that making those healthy swaps can significantly lower your risk of premature death, especially from heart disease.

 

Here Are 10 Simple Rules to Follow If You Want to Live to 100

 

10.Walk every day

College Friends walking together
College Friends walking together

The current government advice on exercise calls for getting at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity—such as walking. Even if you don’t hit that number, as long as you’re consistently active, you’ll lower your mortality risk, research shows.

Instead of making exercise just one more thing to check off your to-do list, experts advise finding more ways to work activity into the fabric of your daily life. Walking or biking to the store, vacuuming the house, or mowing the lawn all count toward your goal of living to 100.

 

9.Keep close friends

friends talking
friends talking

Yes, family ties are important, but as you age, good friends maybe even more important. Close connections with friends are often less fraught with emotional drama than those with parents, siblings, and children. Maintaining tight friendships as you get older is associated with better health and greater happiness—both of which are key ingredients for living to 100.

 

8.Sit less

Operations Research Analyst
Best Remote and Work From Home Jobs In Canada 2020

You may have heard it before, but sitting is the new smoking. The latest research shows that too much time on your behind can be as deadly as nicotine. So if you want to live to 100, don’t smoke (obviously) and don’t fall prey to “sitting disease.”

One study found that leisure time sitting (like watching TV or surfing the web) has a big impact on your risk of dying younger. Those who spent more than six hours of leisure time a day sitting had a 19 percent higher mortality rate than those who spent less than three hours of their leisure time on the couch.

 

7.Don’t skip your annual physical

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

In order to live longer, you need to do all you can to prevent disease—or at the very least, catch an illness on the early side. That’s why it’s essential to see your physician on a schedule he or she recommends.

Also, be sure you and your loved ones get screening tests such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and prostate exams.

 

6.Manage stress better

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Women practicing yoga in a class

You probably know that too much stress can raise your risk of diseases that can shorten your life. But stress isn’t going away, so set the goal of finding ways to cope. Meditation is one very effective method for reducing the negative health impacts of stress, but even simple breathing exercises can help.

Once a day, sit quietly for a few minutes and focus on nothing but breathing in and out, trying to slow down your breath to a count of four (or more) on both the inhale and exhale.

 

5.Go nuts

Peanuts
Peanuts | Harvard Health

Munching on a handful of nuts every day is a tasty way to help you live to 100. In a study of nearly 120,000 adults, those who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to have died during the 30-year follow up than those who reported eating no nuts.

Yes, nuts are high in fat, but it’s mostly the healthy unsaturated kind—plus they are high in protein and fibre and have been shown to improve cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

 

4.Discover pulses

Beans
Beans

Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils—they’re all pulses, and people who live in the Blue Zones—areas famous for their high number of centenarians—eat an average of one cup of pulses per day.

Some of the reasons why these plant foods help extend life: Pulses are high in fibre, low in calories and often replace unhealthier protein sources such as red meat. And research suggests that eating just one serving a day can reduce your levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

 

3.Eat the right fats

Ripen avocados next to bananas
Avocado

Reducing the amounts of unhealthy trans and saturated fat in your diet will go a long way toward helping you live to 100.

A recent study found that for every two percent increase in trans fat in your diet, your risk of premature death jumps by 16 percent. And just a five percent increase in saturated fat boosts your risk of early death by eight per cent. On the flip side, replace those artery-clogging fats with healthier poly and monounsaturated fats, and you will likely live longer.

 

2.Rethink retirement

retirement
retirement

We’re not saying you have to deal with a nine-to-five grind forever, but there is great value in continuing to do something you love—it brings purpose to your life.

Researchers were able to link a sense of purpose in life with an 83 percent reduction in death from all causes and a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular trouble such as stroke or heart attack, according to a 2016 review of 10 studies.

 

1.Eat even more fruits and veggies

fruits and vegetables Facts
fruits and vegetables Facts

You already know you need to eat your fruits and veggies, but did you know that skimping on them could lead to an earlier demise?

A 2017 study found that an astounding 5.6 to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide stem from people eating less than 500 grams of fruit (approximately two servings) and 800 grams of vegetables (about 3.5 servings) daily.

 

Source: | Reader’s Digest