The human lifespan is currently at 79 years and it’s only the lucky ones who get past that figure. The rest of the unfortunate ones die mostly of disease and accidents. It is the dream of everyone alive to live to 100 years, to blow 100 candles and watch their children and grandchild grow old and get married.
There are so many events in life that you should not miss. So how do you ensure that you make it to 100 years? First and foremost, you should take good care of your physical and mental health. Those who live to 100 have these 10 things in common. Check them out.
10. Set A Goal For Yourself
Goal setting is important for you to live a longer healthier life because it gives you a sense of purpose. This works in two ways, it keeps you disciplined enough to pursue the goals you set your eyes on and you are less likely to live a reckless and abandoned life. We have seen people run over by cars simply because they were crossing the road drunk. Well if you have a goal set for yourself, you won’t be out late, much less binge drinking. Setting goals also ensure that you take care of your health. You will eat right, exercise and sleep just enough so that your body and mind are working optimally to propel you to your goals. With good physical and mental health, you are likely to live longer.
9. Enough Water
Our bodies cannot store their own water supplies, plants can in the form of fleshy stems but we can’t. You have probably heard of the saying ‘water is life’. Yes, this is very true in every sense. The body needs a constant supply of water for its most basic functions. Water in the body is used to ease the process of digestion, to hydrates cells and fasten the removal of toxins through the kidneys and the liver. Water is even used to cool down your body when you sweat. Without water, the functioning of organs slows down, the skin gets drier and blood literary thickness and moves with difficulty around the body. To retain the youthfulness of your cells and live longer, drink about 8 glasses of pure clean water a day.
8. Never Be Lonely
Studies have shown that loneliness is a premature cause of death because of the damage it has on the heart and your mental health. Human beings are social animals and we need to be surrounded by the love and affection of friends and family. Our problems weigh us down if we lack people to share them with. Social isolation, therefore, leads to a rise in stress levels, anxiety, and depression. These emotional burdens affect our appetite, sense of wellbeing and ultimately our health. Loneliness eventually leads to cardiovascular disease and stroke. If you want to live to 100, never be lonely. Find and keep joyful friends who wish the best for you.
Optimism is the expectation of good outcomes out of situations. Optimism opens your mind for a wide array of possibilities and lets you pursue success and happiness more. It affects your attitude, livens your mood and increases co-operation as you relate with other people. An optimist will, therefore, create more social and professional networks because they are more trusting of people. They will also seek and try out different opportunities that occur to them. And even when things don’t work out, they have the strength to try again. The overall effect of optimism is a longer, happier, inclusive life full of purpose and direction.
6. Enjoy Whole Grains
Whole grains are the unprocessed grains of cereals such as wheat, corn, oats, barley, rye, and sorghum. They contain many beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, magnesium, protein, fiber and naturally occurring phytochemicals. The regular consumption of whole grains, therefore, helps to lower bad cholesterol in your blood and keep your blood sugar levels in check. A study conducted by JAM Internal Medicine showed that those who ate whole grains regularly had a 9% lower death rate and a further 15% reduced death from heart disease. The compounds in whole grains are not only good for a healthy functioning heart, but they also keep your body strong and your organs working optimally. Enjoy whole grains instead of processed food and guarantee yourself a longer healthier life.
5. Close To Animals And Nature
There is nothing as relaxing to the mind and rejuvenating to the soul as the feel of grass under your bare feet. That’s why once in a while we feel the need to get away from the hassle of the big cities to a remote cottage or island in a long-planned vacation. We keep animals as pets for the same reason. When we take care of them we feel good. When we pet dogs or cats, we release a bonding hormone called oxytocin that creates a sense of trust and wellbeing. Being close to animals and nature is therefore good for our mental health and longevity. Take walk in the woods, go camping and hiking, listen to the birds chirp, surround yourself with nature whenever you can.
4. Eat Less And Slowly
Food is meant to be enjoyed but at the same time, it should not be abused. When you eat slowly, you savour the food and all its flavors and this improves your appetite. When you eat more than you can handle, you become bloated and overtime you may gain unnecessary weight. Obesity is a terrible health condition because of the many consequences it has. Most overweight people have high blood pressure and they will likely suffer from one or more lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. To live a longer healthier life, be disciplined with your food and enjoy it.
One great secret to staying young and healthy is physical fitness. In fact, exercising just 3 times a week for a few years can make you look and feel nine years younger. Physical fitness does not, however, imply only exercising. It can be accomplished through simple habits like riding a bike to the grocery store and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. In short, fitness is a lifestyle of activity. When you are more active, your body and brain are engaged constantly and you maintain good heart and mental health. At the most basic level, your cells get rid of toxins and waste faster and use up all oxygen and nutrients available.
2. No Smoke And Get Away From Alcohol
It has been widely documented that the life expectancy of smokers is about 10 years shorter than that of non-smokers. This is because long-term smoking causes smoking-related illnesses such as lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. Alcohol use has the same effect of shortening the lifespan of its users. Those who binge drink could later suffer from liver cirrhosis and other lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Smoking and alcohol intake are habits that can be stopped with a lot of discipline. It is, however, better to stay away from them in the first place so that you won’t have to wrestle the addiction later.
1. Regular Life
Societal pressure can cause people to work themselves to death to afford an expensive life of luxury. The constant need to make an impression and fit in can have a huge burden of stress on young adults. The greatest secret to staying young and living longer is to live a regular life. Easy life and without pressure is not only good for your mental health, but it is also safer since you will rarely find yourself in trouble. We have seen celebrities who we assumed had it all take their lives when it was least expected. This is because they had everything but a regular life and the freedom it comes with.