Wouldn’t it be nice if we could unlock the secrets to living past 100?
Well, as it turns out it might not just be a matter of genetics, but rather a matter of lifestyle. Today, people are living longer than ever, with the number of nonagenarians (people in their 90’s) hitting a record 16.5 million in 2017. In fact, living past 100 is the fastest-growing age group. But how are people managing to live so long and how can you do the same?
New studies have been looking at the typical characteristics of people in their 90’s and 100’s and they found a few things in common.
They are Positive Thinkers
Life is full of downfalls and curveballs, but staying positive is the key to getting through each challenge. When you choose to think positively and face your challenges with optimism it reduces stress which is great for your overall health. Mind over matter really comes into play here, so here are a few ways you can stay more optimistic and think positively.
- Smile often and freely. This is an indicator of several positive lifestyle factors that lowers stress.
- Try not to dwell on negatives. It can be tough, but ruminating will only keep those negative feelings on your mind and can muddy your ability to see the good all around you.
- Keep a positivity journal. Also called a gratitude journal, this little companion can keep track of all your positive thoughts so you can remind yourself when things get hard.
- Be kind to others. This not only helps you build good connections with the people you love but being nice to others stimulates the reward centers in the brain.
They are Social
Good news, being social is great for your health! Loneliness not only affects the way we feel about ourselves but also is a major factor in developing memory challenges as we age. Staying social lowers your stress, reduces inflammation and swelling in arthritis patients, and becoming diabetic is less likely. If you are looking for ways to stay social, look no further.
- Volunteer. This is also one of many ways you can be kind to others and to your positive thinking.
- Education. Whether you are taking an on-line group class or getting out there to ask a friend to teach you a new game, learning things is a great way to interact with others.
They “Eat Right”
So, this is a little loaded, but by “eating right” we mean eating in balance with veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy. This also includes less fatty meats, butter, sugar, salt, and packaged foods. Many studies have found that this diet helps you live longer and prevents heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease. If you are looking for some healthy snacks, try:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Mixed nuts
- Greek yogurt
They Are Active
Even just 30 minutes a day can greatly improve your long-term health. Regular exercise — especially if you do it briskly enough to feel a little breathless — delivers huge health benefits including keeping brain cells healthy by delivering more blood and oxygen. These exercises are ways to stay active:
The Big Takeaway of Living Past 100
It’s important to challenge old fashioned attitudes about aging. We believe aging well leads to long-term happiness and health and everyone can attain it. Research is showing that the way we think and feel about ourselves is one of the greatest influencers to health as we get older. So now the ball is in your court to age on your terms.
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