One of my favorite pastimes, and how I spend all of my free time, is researching health. Some of the most interesting books I have read relate to longevity and exactly how some people in certain parts of the world become centenarians. Therefore, it is my humble opinion that the road leading to the fountain of youth is quite simple and basic.
- Wake up every day of your life with a strong sense of purpose.
- Find your purpose. Make sure you are doing what you have been called to do.
- Have faith. People who have faith, generally speaking, live longer than people who do not.
- Have a strong sense of family and friendships. A connectedness to family and friends has been known to increase longevity. For instance, gather with family and friends often to make sure that you are connected. Be around people who are like minded.
- Change your lifestyle. Walk everywhere you can, stop taking the elevator, stop parking as close as possible, change the channel on your television without using the remote control, whenever possible, stand on one foot. It has been proven that people with lower body strength and balance live longer.
- Hard work! Never retire. People all around the world who are centenarians are still working. Yes, and that means 90 or 100 years old. Want to live long? Simply do not stop working.
- Although in order to live longer you must work, you must also find a way to create a balance between work and stress. Here’s a tip: Beginning today make sure that you are 15 minutes early to every appointment. Believe it or not, this does alleviate some stress from your daily routine.
- Keep your mind active. Learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument, and keep doing new and creative things with your mind. This is like strength training for the brain.
- Eat a diet containing mostly plant-based foods. It has been proven time and time again by longevity experts that most of the centenarians around the world consume very little meat, if at all, and eat mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and dry beans.
So, here’s the scoop… Have a sense of purpose, work hard, avoid stress, be kind, smile, have faith, take a day off or a vacation, and as far as eating goes, eat breakfast like a king, eat your lunch like a prince, and eat dinner like a pauper!