How would you like to live to be 100? There are so many factors that determine our life span, from what we eat and how we live. Not to mention all of the factors beyond our control, such as a car accident, or the genes we inherited from our parents. Everyone knows if our parents and grandparents lived to their 80’s and 90’s, then chances are in our favor that we can live that long too. But how do we live to be 100? You’d be surprised, but it’s the little things that add the years to a healthy long life. Here are 7 easy things to help us live to be 100.
Eat Your Veggies – Try Meatless Mondays
Probably the single most important thing we can do to help us live longer is controlling what we eat. Have you ever heard of the phrase “Meatless Mondays”? Well if you haven’t, it’s awesome. We’re not saying go meatless every single day. But just once a week, go meatless on Mondays. Eating veggies and fruits greatly improves our chances of avoiding heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even obesity. With all of the recipe sites on the internet, there are tons of vegetarian dishes to try. There’s a huge recipe selection you can find here. Soon, like us, you will find yourself grabbing a healthy salad for lunch on most days, instead of a hamburger. Eating veggies is the way to go if you want to live to be 100.
Exercise – Just 7 minutes a day
Did you know you can get a full body workout in just 7 minutes? Try the 7 minute workout app on your phone. Granted, it’s a pretty intense 7 minutes, so take it easy at first. But in these short 7 minutes, you will do squats, lunges, push ups, and running in place. And you don’t need any workout equipment whatsoever. I’ve been doing this workout 3 times a week for over a year, and it’s a great workout. If fact we love it so much here at Retirebook, we think you will love it too. Here’s a link to the google play and apple stores. If working out isn’t your thing, then yoga is a great alternative.
Don’t Drink Any Soda – Including Diet Soda
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to this research paper and the American Heart Association. When I quit drinking soda 7 years ago, I lost 5 pounds in the first month. The best thing you can drink is water. Or if you are craving caffeine, drink black coffee or even better try some tea.
Get your medical exams done regularly
Just like taking your car in for a tune-up, our bodies need to be checked out regularly by our doctors as we get older.
For men – get a prostate check as soon as you turn 50.
For women – breast exams at 50 or earlier.
And for both men and women – Get yourself a colonoscopy and have your skin checked for skin cancer.
Take a walk every day
Can you really get in shape by walking every day, you bet! Start out slowly by just walking for 15 minutes a day, and then see if you can double that within a month or two. Walking can help you maintain your weight, prevent heart disease, help your coordination, and lift your spirits. It even can help with your arthritis, as shown in this article from the arthritis foundation.
Have fun and hang out with your good friends
Happy people not only smile a lot, but a good circle of friends will help you live longer. Sheldon Cohen, PhD, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has shown that strong social support helps people cope with stress. “People with social support have fewer cardiovascular problems and immune problems, and lower levels of cortisol — a stress hormone,” says Tasha R. Howe, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Humboldt State University. “Why? The evolutionary argument maintains that humans are social animals, and we have evolved to be in groups. We have always needed others for our survival. It’s in our genes. Therefore, people with social connections feel more relaxed and at peace, which is related to better health.”
There’s no denying it: smartphones have changed the way we live. Having instant access to the Internet and countless applications in the palm of your hand is almost like having a doctor in your pocket. Just a few years ago, I started having pain in my abdomen. As the day went on, the pain became more and more intense. I looked up my symptoms on the internet, and I found it might be my appendix. I took myself to the emergency room, and sure enough, my appendix exploded as soon as they had me on the operating table. If it had been a decade earlier, I probably would have ignored my pain and tried to sleep it off.