Live to 100? The Secrets of Centenarians
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- Incorporate natural movement. Walk more and stay busy with gardening and housework, no gym membership required.
- Find a purpose. “Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy,” according to Buettner’s website.
- Relieve stress. Find a routine that helps you shed stress at the end of the day, whether that’s meditation, relaxing with a drink or even napping.
- Don’t overeat. Residents of Blue Zones tend to finish eating before they’re 100 percent full.
- Eat more plants and less meat. Beans are a staple and meat is a treat to be enjoyed a few times per month.
- Cheers to your health. One to two glasses of wine per day could be beneficial, although binge drinking is a no-no.
- Find a place you belong. Most centenarians belonged to a community of faith, with no discernible differences in benefit based on denomination.
- Love your family. Blue Zone elders live in communities that welcome grandparents into their homes, nurture children and honor commitment to a life partner.
- Find your tribe. Having friends who are healthy can help you engage in activities that could lengthen your life.