There are currently thought to be 450,000 people around the world in their 100s. This group of centenarians is the fastest growing part of the population, meaning more and more of us are living longer.
While, of course, genetics have a part to play in the ageing process, research has revealed that there are changes you can make to improve your chances of hitting the big 100 – these include the following:
Stay active – in body and in mind
Research into those who age slowly has shown that keeping physically and mentally active is imperative. Exercising regularly keeps the body healthy, while mental fitness can reduce cognitive decline. Many of those who live longer also remain in either full or part-time work to give them a reason to get up in the morning.
Anti-ageing tip: Try an exercise routine that is easy on the body, such as swimming, and keep mentally active with puzzles or by learning new skills.
Eat a healthy diet
It won’t come as a surprise that eating a balanced, healthy diet is a key factor to longer life. In a study carried out in Japan, centenarians were shown to have low cholesterol and clean arteries. Of those who live for longer, hardly any are obese.
Anti-ageing tip: If you are overweight, get support from your doctor to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy eating plan.
Lower stress levels
Many of us are aware that too much stress is detrimental to our health, but you may not know that low stress levels are linked to longevity. As we grow older we lose some of our strength to cope with stress, making us more susceptible to it. Those who live to 100 have been shown to naturally control stress while maintaining a positive outlook on life.
Anti-ageing tip: Take up yoga, Tai Chi or meditation to help reduce stress naturally. Remain optimistic and make time to laugh every day.
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