How to Live to 100

March 23, 2011 by  
Filed under health

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This is a kind of follow-up blogpost to The Longevity Quiz (what can I say. I just recently turned fifty and have been thinking about this subject)

Today I ran across an article from Health magazine.

Apparently those born after the year 2000 are more likely than ever to live to 100, according to research from Denmark. Good news for the kids, but what about us grown-ups?

Genetics do play a big factor in how long you live (thank you grandparents), but only somewhere between 20% and 50%, depending on the experts you ask. That still leaves over 50% up to YOU!

Walter Bortz II, MD, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford, suggests how you can improve your odds of a long and happy life.
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We can call this The Walter Bortz II, MD, Secrets to a Long Life:

Bulk up on fruits and veggies, +5 years (plant based whole foods diets reduce disease)

Exercise five days a week, +2 to +4 years (move and elevate your heart rate for a half-hour a day, minimum)

Reduce stress, up to +6 years (from meditation to music to movement to art therapy. Find something that work for you.

Get a hobby, +2 years (provides a sense of accomplishment.)

Floss, +6.4 years (removing harmful bacteria reduces stroke and heart attack risks.)

Vacation, +1 to +2 years (leisure is a great stress reliever!)

Sleep seven to eight hours nightly, +2 years (sleep assists cell repair.)

Have sex, +3 to +5 years (releases feel good hormones and burns about 200 calories, too!)

Thought you would like to know!

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One Response to “How to Live to 100”
  1. stacy barrows says:

    Thanks David,
    We are discovering profound effects with mindfulness for longevity, espeically with movement. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais coined the phrase, “Movement is Life, without it, Life is Unthinkable”. There are many programs coming out with this influence, BONES FOR LIFE, CHANGE YOUR AGE, SOUNDER SLEEP METHOD, SEEING CLEARLY, GETTING GROUNDED GRACEFULLY and soon to be out SMARTROLLER GUIDE TO OPTIMAL MOVEMENT. All these applications approach vitality in a self guided aspect to learning.

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