How to Live to Be 100

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 4th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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One quality most centenarians share is an ability to not dwell on difficulties. Nutrition is a key element to living a healthy, long life. Fiber in your diet is extremely important, along with taking a daily multi-vitamin and physical activity, like walking three times a week can reverse your physiological age by about ten years.

Centenarian Health & Life Tips

We would all love to live to see our 100th birthday, but for most of society, debilitating health problems will prevent that from being the case. However there are plenty of things that you can do though to prolong your life and in a healthy way that could possibly add years to your time here on Earth. Nobody wants to see one-hundred if it means spending the last of your years in a care home being monitored like a child. Today, modern technology and medicine has been beneficial in making the quality of life better and in many cases, much longer. The Census Bureau clearly shows that the centenarian population has grown 65.8 percent over the past three decades, from 32,194 people who were age 100 or older in 1980 to 53,364 centenarians in 2010. 82.8 percent of centenarians are female, live in urban areas and are educated, which according to the Center on Aging is associated with a longer life expectancy.

It was once believed that nothing could be done about the withering of muscles associated with aging, but studies have confirmed that muscle and bone loss can be stopped and even reversed through weight training. Physical activity, like walking three times a week can reverse your physiological age by about ten years. Smoking is a big factor in deciding how good your health will be in later years. Even if you’ve already developed a smoking-related health condition, you can still benefit by quitting. People who quit smoking after having a heart attack reduce their chances of having another by about 30 percent.

Nutrition is a key element to living a healthy, long life. Fiber in your diet is extremely important, along with taking a daily multi-vitamin. Beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and fish should be eaten regularly. Getting the right amount of sleep is also important to prolonging your life. Too much sleep isn’t healthy and too little will leave you feeling exhausted. It is recommended that you get 8 hours of sleep a night for optimum health benefits. Stimulating mental activities like traveling, reading a challenging book, volunteering, playing card games or learning something new may keep you mentally alert as you age.

Research has also found that seniors who own pets are less likely to be depressed than those who don’t. One quality most centenarians share, according to several studies on those who have managed to nail the one-hundred year mark is an ability to not dwell on difficulties. Our body naturally pumps out adrenaline and cortisol, which is hormone’s meant to help you cope with danger in the short term but which can damage your immune system, heart and brain when you’re constantly worried and stressed out. Taking things in stride is a life saving factor. The United Kingdom has an unusually high turn out of centenarians, and according to CNN, it is the Queen’s custom to send a personal greeting, congratulating her subjects on their 100th birthdays.



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Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Great informative article!

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author avatar Retired
5th Aug 2014 (#)

Excellent tips, well conveyed. :)

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Good for the queen.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Sherri, excellent article and very good tips. I'm planning on living to 135 years of age. That's what tell the kids all the time! If I actually do then I've got a long way to go. I live in fantasy land most of the time so I think I'm good. Smiles!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Lol Nancy. I only want to live to be 100 if I am fit, healthy and capable of caring for myself.

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