According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 50,000 people in the United States were 100 years or age or older! It is further expected that the number of people over 100 years old will reach 110,000 by 2037 and those over 80 will reach six million by that same year.
So what is the secret?
Centenarians (folks who reach 100 or older) say that exercise, healthy eating and a good night’s sleep help! Here are a few other suggestions that may help you live a longer, fuller life.
- Eat, Pray and Exercise! More than 80% of centenarians say they eat nutritiously balanced meals almost daily compared to 68% of boomers. Furthermore, these folks said that they pray, meditate or have some sort of “spiritual” activity and more than half of each group claims to exercise almost every day! Your chances of reaching the age of 100 increases if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, regular exercise (5 days a week) and reducing stress, according to a Danish study. The healthier you are, the better you feel. The better you feel, the longer you live.
- Laugh. Centenarians laugh or giggle nearly every day! Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance.
- Socialize. The majority of baby boomers and centenarians say that they talk to or communicate with friends and family nearly every day. Additionally, reading, crossword puzzles, games keep your brain challenged and more healthy.
- Sleep. A good solid night of sleep helps to repair many cells in the body, and potentially add two years to your lifespan.
- Relax. Centenarians work at a job or hobby far less than boomers but the key is to relax and enjoy “down-time”.
- Groom yourself. Centenarians maintain good oral health as well as continuing the habit of daily bathing or showering. Aging or less activity outside the home should not be good reasons for poor grooming habits.
Take good care of yourself and live a good long life!