10 ways to live to 100
They say the most important thing you have is your health.
So wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to improve it in order to lead a longer, more stress-free life? I think you’ll find the correct answer is yes. You’d be mad to not want to do small things to boost your health in order to lead a longer life, right?
Especially when you can make simple lifestyle changes to make you happier, healthier and live for longer. They may even improve your quality of life in the interim, so you have a better chance of reaching 100 (or close to it).
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #1: Laugh more
Seriously, get your giggle on. Studies have shown that enjoying a good belly laugh can help to boost your health in a number of ways. From lowering your blood pressure levels and enhancing your immune system, to helping your blood vessels to function more effectively. Oh, and a good Will Ferrell flick should do the trick nicely.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #2: Enjoy a good sex life
The news we all wanted. It seems that an active sex life can add up to two years onto your life, according to a study from the University of California. The same study also discovered that men who have sex less than once a month are more likely to croak earlier than those who had sex twice a week or more. Sex is also a great way to stay fit and to keep your heart rate up whilst burning calories. So go on girls, get out the massage oils and set the mood right (we recommend breaking out the Eminence Organics Mimosa Champagne Massage Oil) to really get the party started.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #3: Think ‘glass half full’
Having an optimistic point of view can be invaluable when it comes to facing health problems. It assists with your resilience and allows you to find the will to keep up the fight. According to researchers, having a positive attitude can add up to seven years to your life.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #4: Get married
Seriously! A study to come out of Chicago University states that while married women are said to gain an extra five years (on average) on planet earth, men are said to gain 10! This is largely due to the fact that once married, many men tend to lead a healthier lifestyle and women are said to enjoy the financial stability that getting hitched can bring. On a funnier (and in my opinion, more likely) note, a study to come out of Switzerland states that being married can actually shorten a woman’s life thanks to the stress and strain of living with a man. Can’t live with them, eh?
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #5: Drink lots of tea
While the two main teas (black and green) both contain considerable health benefits, green tea is actually less processed than black tea. Green tea is so good in fact, that it can reportedly reduce the chance of heart attacks and even cancer. This is due to it being rich in antioxidants, which are known to help keep the big ‘C’ away. Other health benefits of green tea include increased energy and a higher metabolic rate (which is great for weight loss). Black tea has the same benefits, but at a reduced rate.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #6: Use your mind
Apart from maintaining the ability to make better decisions (like, life-saving decisions), exercising your mind by reading or completing quizzes and puzzles can mean you’re less prone to Alzheimer’s. Using your mind consistently can mean that your problem-solving skills are also razor sharp, which could come in handy if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #7: Drink wine/ Eat chocolate
Antioxidants are key for a longer life – so it’s a pretty good thing they’re found in red wine and dark chocolate – by the bucket load. Dark chocolate (that’s made with over 70 per cent cocoa) contains high levels of antioxidants, which are very good for your ticker. Don’t believe me? A Harvard University study showed that people who ate between one to three bars [of dark chocolate] a month had a 36 per cent lower risk of premature death than those who didn't indulge. Likewise, a glass of red wine everyday can help to prevent blood clots and promote good cholesterol – just don’t get too carried away!
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #8: Eat foods that boost your lifespan
Nutrient-rich foods are a sure fire way to give your body the stuff it needs to keep going for longer. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and trout are a great source of vitamin A and D and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for strengthening your immune system and lowering the risk of heart disease and a stroke.
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #9: Stay active
Staying perched in front of a computer screen or television all day long isn’t going to do you or your health any favours. It’s important to stay moving every single day to increase your life expectancy, as it’s been reported that walking a total of just two and a half hours a week could add more than seven years to your life. While researchers from the University of Queensland have found that for every hour you watch television, you may be shortening your life by up to 22 minutes!
HOW TO LIVE TO 100 #10: Get more sleep
When it comes to the health benefits of getting a good sleep – where do we start? The more important thing to focus on is what can happen when you’re consistently not getting a good night’s sleep. Ongoing sleep deprivation can exacerbate age-related conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Worse still, it can increase our stress levels, which opens up a whole new pool of health-related issues you could face.
What are your top tips for leading a healthier life? What small changes have you already made in your life to improve your health and life expectancy?