GREAT NEWS for anyone born after the year 2000: They’ll probably live to 100, according to research from Denmark. That’s roughly 20 years longer than the life expectancy of the rest of us. But we could live that long, too, says Walter Bortz II, MD, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University: “What’s holding us back are bad habits.”
Luck and genetics play roles in longevity, of course, but you can’t control that. To hike your odds of hitting 100, focus on what you can do, like loading up on fruits and veggies (add five years), working out five days a week (add two to four years), and cutting down on stress (may add up to six years).
Much has been written about the secret to living a long life. My mother lived ninety-nine plus years… just short of one hundred years. Some of the things Zentraveler learned are so simple yet often times ignored
1. She always maintained a positive attitude no matter what occurred in her life
2. She always slept well and normally went to sleep within a minute after she went to bed
3. She ate very small meals and enjoyed five or six cups of coffee per day and put fresh blueberries on her cereal
4. She maintained strong relationships with friends and relatives
5. She kept current on world affairs
6. She kept busy through retirement collecting more than 700 teddy bears after age 90
7. She stayed away from doctors and hospitals
8. She watched all of the latest movies on tv and turned off the ones that were too violent
9. She tried to find the good in everyone she ever met
10. She kept her religion private but attended regular service at the church or on tv
Bonus: She was grateful for everything life gave her!
Her real secret which she communicated many times was: life’s secret: “I don’t mind what happens.” Her answer was life is a trade off…example John lives in a big expensive house, but was killed in a car wreck! I drive three hours each day to go to work (make more money) but maybe better to not put hat much stress in your life. You are driving your own life… so don’t fall into the trap of blaming other people for what happens.
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Many interesting claims about longevity can be found in ancient writings. In the book of Genesis, Adam and six of his direct descendants are said to have lived for more than 900 years. The oldest, Methuselah, was said to have lived 969 years.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Save the rain forest. Save the orangutan. Save the world!
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get off the couch grasshopper, keep moving, eat good food, don’t worry and live your life.
From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free