If healthy aging is your goal, then knowing what it takes to live to 100 (and beyond) can give you some great insights into what you need to do to get the most life out of your years.
Here are some tips for maximizing your chances of reaching your 100th birthday.
The Top 9 Tips for Living to 100
1) Eat a healthy diet:
Cliche…but true! A balanced diet is essential for good health and longevity. Focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of processed foods and sugar.
2) Exercise regularly:
Exercise is obviously good for your physical health, but when it comes to living until 100 and enjoying your years, it is the mental benefit that really matters. Exercise helps to keep your brain sharp as you age, while also reducing the risk of chronic diseases, improving heart health, and reducing stress. The goal is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
3) Don't smoke:
Smoking is a major risk factor for dying young because of its link to heart disease, stroke, and cancer. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health and longevity.
4) Limit alcohol consumption:
I know this one is hard to hear, but there is just no way around it. Alcohol is a drug and has a ton of negative effects on the body. If you do drink, one per day seems to be okay for most people, but the less the better.
5) Get enough sleep:
Getting enough sleep cannot be overemphasized! It is one of the most important things you can do for overall health and well-being. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and avoid electronic devices, such as phones and laptops, in the hour or two before bedtime, as they can interfere with your sleep.
6) Stay socially active:
Social connections are important for mental and emotional well-being. Life without friends just is not as fulfilling as when you have a community around you. As you age, you sometimes have to make an effort to stay connected with others, but it is well worth it! Do your best to see family and friends when possible, and join a social group or volunteer so that you can meet new people as well!
7) Stay mentally active:
Keeping your mind active and engaged can help slow down age-related cognitive decline and improve memory and thinking skills. Consider taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill, reading, or playing games that challenge your mind.
8) Manage stress:
This is a big one. Chronic stress can take a toll on both physical and mental health. Practicing stress-management techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, or exercise, will help you manage stress and maintain good health.
9) Stay positive:
Maintaining a positive outlook and attitude is directly tied to your health and happiness. One of the best ways to do this is staying focused on all that you have to be grateful for. We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in our lives, so you might as well spend most of your time focused on the good.
Living to 100 years old is possible, but you have to do the right things!
Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, getting enough sleep, staying socially and mentally active, managing stress, and staying positive are all important steps to help you achieve this goal.
Now if you are not sure where to start when it comes to the diet or exercise part…that is where we can help.
It can be hard to get started, and even harder to stick with a program, so sometimes having a coach is what makes the difference when it comes to reaching your goals.
If you are curious about getting a coach, I invite you to check out our 28-Day Kickstart Program where you will get a customized exercise program while having a coach to keep you accountable to your plan.
In this program you will get:
- Full fitness and goals assessment
- Personalized fitness coaching to teach you the exact exercises you need to safely and effectively move better and build stamina
- A simple meal plan to help you decrease inflammation
- 1-on-1 success coaching to help guide you as you work to change your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits
- You can start exercising and eating better, you just need a program that shows you what is right for you.
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