July 1, 2020
In this newsletter . . .
Do you want to
live to be 100?
My hometown newspaper inserts the weekend Parade supplement every Sunday. Last week’s feature was about the lifestyles of people who are alive at 100, or more. The lady on the cover is Ida Keeling who is 105 — and still runs sprints in senior track meets.
Ida holds the world’s record in the 100-meter dash (17.33 seconds) for women 100 to 104 years old. They say after she set the record she dropped to the ground and started doing push-ups. She stands 4 feet 6 inches tall, and, surprisingly, didn’t begin running until she was 67.
Few of us will achieve Ida’s prominence. But we can all learn from her experience that it’s never too late in life to begin a fitness lifestyle and improve.
Here are the ways the Parade experts say will increase longevity:
Eat less and don’t get fat; an adult beverage or two per day is okay, but don’t overdo it; people with religious faith tend to live longer; cultivate friendships and avoid loneliness; be of
good cheer; stimulate your brain by learning new things; keep moving with regular exercise; have a sense of purpose; eat mostly a plant-based diet.
Parade calls them “Secrets to Living to 100.”
Agreed. But there wasn’t much in Parade’s article that hadn’t already been said by others, and underlined in books like Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones. Which details the lifestyles in certain places in the world where long lives are common. Even more important, Blue Zones are places where not only lifespans are longer, but where health-spans are longer, too. Jack LaLanne used to say that he didn’t care so much how long he lived; he cared more about how good he felt while he lived.
You can check yourself against the list of “secrets” to see how you stack up?
Personally, I would emphasize and highlight three things.
- Keep moving. Regular exercise can be structured or not so
structured. I prefer a fairly structured type, explained here. But either way, keep moving.
- Don’t get overweight. There’s a saying: You see old people and you see fat people. But you don’t see many old, fat people. That’s true. My thoughts on healthful eating are here.
- Retired or not, find something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning — a passion. Find it. Cultivate it. Love it.
Those are my own thoughts. Do those three things and I believe most of the other good habits will more easily fall into place.
For bodyweight only exercise ideas, go here.
Stay healthy. Stay fit.
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