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how-to-live-longer-videoHow to Live to 100

Living longer is something we all want.  We wish to grow older and see our children marry, have their children, and then enjoy those grandchildren for years to come.  As Andrea Metcalf tells us, the secret of longevity is to live a long healthy life that reflects balance.  A key component of this balance is to have good relationships with family and friends.  Maintaining good friendships and staying social helps us look at the positive side of life instead of focusing on the negative.  Keeping active socially reduces stress too!

Living Longer

  • Make regular exercise a part of your life.  Stay committed and find ways to be active, no matter your age.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, watching your portions and following the food pyramid.
  • Foster great, strong relationships with family and friends.  Seniors that have lived a long healthy life have maintained their social connections and nurtured their interpersonal relationships.  Andrea suggests that if you'd like to build on your relationships, consider writing them a letter telling them how much you appreciate them and why they are special to you.

How to Live Longer

Eat Right

  • Eat breakfast every day, along with a balanced diet.
  • Monitor your fiber intake; make surey you are getting enough!
  • Shun foods that are high in saturated fats, fast food and foods that are processed.

Exercise Regularly

Types of exercise for a long life include:
  • Get that heart pumping:  work out 20 to 30 minutes, four to five times per week.
  • Strength train: As we get older if we are not active we lose muscle mass.  When we lose strength, we lose our independence.
  • Stretch and practice your balance.  Increasing flexibility and improving posture will prevent back pain and ensure that your nervous system stays healthy.

Look on the Bright Side

  • Happy people live longer and perform  better all around. 
  • Don't hold grudges and focus on the positive.  Cut the "stressors" in your life.

Build Strong Relationships

  • Have different friendship circles and relationships, including your family, church, or friends from different areas of your life.
  • Nurture relationships of all ages.  Build relationships with both the old and the young.  The benefit of these relationships is a well-rounded friendship circle.  You can gain wisdom from the more seasoned friends and remain youthful with the younger ones.
  • Don't let yourself become isolated.  Stay open-minded and steer clear of negativity.

These steps are always a work in progress.  So take it one day at a time if you want to live to 100.

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