How to Live to 100

Yo YoPro!  Want to live to be 100?  Well it isn’t easy, but with the right habits and a little luck, science says you can.  Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health have found that genetics only account for 20 to 30% of a person’s chance of living into very old age.  That means the remaining 70 to 80% is up to you — and here’s how to do it:

Eat well

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There aren’t any secrets here.  You’ll need to eat a balanced diets of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and a moderate amount of meat (not too much red meat).  Keeping a healthy weight is pretty key.  Alcohol is okay in moderation — especially red wine.

Stay active

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Studies suggest getting at least 3.5 hours of physical activity per week.  That’s easy, right?

Don’t smoke

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This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

Get enough sleep

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Some need more than others, but getting the sleep you need is incredibly important for long term health.  You can read more about The Power of Sleep here.

Manage stress

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The results are in: stress is a killer, and leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other issues that stand in your way of making it to 100.  Busy guys certainly know what it’s like to be stressed now and then, but you can’t let it take over.  Stay tuned for a post on managing stress in the near future!

Love and be loved

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Sounds corny, but study after study shows that people who experience loving relationships live longer (and are happier) than their loveless counterparts.

These tips will not only help you in your quest to live to 100, but they’ll also ensure that you are healthier and happier in your old age.

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