Would you want to live to 100? These longevity secrets shared by centenarians and approved by scientists may help you!
9 longevity secrets
To be honest, it is genetics that leads to longevity, first of all. Yet, no one is likely to live to 100 and over if living in a wrong, unhealthy way. So, according to studies, the keys to longevity are:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Since very few of the centenarians were, or are obese.
- Eating a healthy diet. Most centenarians’ diet is low in calories and high in fruits and vegetables, fiber, and good fats (for example, omega-3 fatty acids). Surprisingly, many of them name drinking a bit of wine as one of the longevity secrets.
- Staying active. It is not only about exercise. In fact, any activity counts, like working in a yard, or just walking daily.
- Living in a good environment. Because that’s what science says.
- Not smoking. Substantial smoking is rare among centenarians.
- Staying positive. Most centenarians are optimistic people, and most of them avoid stress.
- Not acting your age. The majority of centenarians say they keep living like they were younger.
- Having a loving family. Centenarians enjoy being matriarchs or patriarchs.
- And, yes, good genetics. Anyway, keep in mind that your lifestyle choices influence longevity!
Bizarre longevity tips from centenarians
Tips definitely not to try:
- never taking any medications;
- drinking a lot of alcohol daily;
- eating whatever you want;
- never marrying.
Is genetics a guarantee?
Unfortunately, not. If your grandparents and your parents lived long, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will, too.
According to recent studies, longevity is determined by the combined effects of genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices. Genetics only account for approximately 20 to 30 percent of a human’s chance to live to age 85.
However, a glance at your family tree may indicate whether you have a familial tendency toward longevity or not.