To some, living to the ripe old age of 100 may sound far from appealing. If that's the case for you… how do you feel about living until your 85?
Research scientists involved in the New England Centenarian Study say living to 85 is quite simple if you do these four things…regularly:
1. Do NOT smoke.
2. Eat a healthy and clean diet. Ixnay those Snickers Bars and Mozzarella sticks!
3. Exercise. Strength Train. Use your muscles!
4. Don't abuse alcohol nor the sun. One (max two) drinks per day is fine…and ten minutes of direct-no-sunscreen-sunlight a day is A-OK.
All right, that's not so hard.
So, what's the key then to reaching 100 or beyond? Well, scientists say the lucky centenarian group potentially has what are called “supergenes”. Basically they were endowed (from their parents) a superior genetic makeup.
But, wait there's more. The researchers studying this group have found that in addition to following the 4 lifestyle factors that can help us reach 85, all centenarians share these three traits:
1. They are optimists.
2. They are NOT big ol' stress balls.
3. They keep learning new things.
To sum up the centenarian personality, Dr. Perls of the New England study says:
“Inevitably, most centenarians are upbeat, funny,and gregarious. It's very rare I meet a curmudgeon centenarian! They're not complainers. In our personality testing, they score very low in ‘neuroticism,' the expression of negative emotions like fear, anxiety, guilt, anger, or depression. They're positive and optimistic in their attitude and bounce back easily from life's crises because they don't internalize thoughts or emotions that cause stress.”
And, 107 year-old Helen Boardman, who recently got remarried (to a man 20 years her junior) says: “Staying home and watching TV was never my pleasure at all. Curiosity is the secret to my longevity. I love to see the world and I love people. Everybody has some good in them. If you're curious about things, you'll search them out.”
So, people if you wanna live long: stay positive, stay curious and for crying out loud–CHILL OUT and don't let the little things get to you! And, don't forget to eat healthy and exercise!