How to Live to Be a Hundred

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So many unfinished tasks, so many goals yet left to be achieved and so little time. We always seem to be struggling with the concept of time, always wanting “some more time”. An incomplete assignment, some unfulfilled promises and life in general-we forever seem to be short of time. With every passing year we seem to be able to eradicate diseases and yet another one sprouts up to take its place. Most of the diseases we suffer from today are man-made and our own doing. The deaths from an entirely new category of diseases, that is, lifestyle diseases surfaced in the 1940’s. Prior to that, deaths were mostly caused to infectious diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, etc. Back then communicable diseases accounted for 60% of deaths and by late 1990’s lifestyles diseases accounted for more than 60% of deaths. Reduction on physical activity and substance abuse adds to the scenario.

Your genes may have something to do with your life span but you can make a big dent in your risk of chronic disease by following these easy steps;

Here are 50 tips to help you live to be a 100:

  1. Exercise daily-lack of physical is the root to most diseases
  2. Stop smoking-over the long term, smoking leads to heart diseases, stroke, lung and mouth cancer.
  3. Get plenty of sleep- a well rested mind and body functions better
  4. Get screened and checked by your doctor regularly-regular medical checkup help to diagnose diseases in their primary stage
  5. Get help for depression-untreated depression increases the chance of risky behavior such as drug or alcohol addiction
  6. Know your blood pressure
  7. Manage stress-the effects of stress can vary, but long-term chronic stress appears to raise blood pressure
  8. Have a higher purpose in life-strive to achieve something bigger than yourself
  9. Stay connected-loneliness is another form of stress.
  10. Stop drinking and other forms of substance abuse
  11. Laugh a little everyday-laughing lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress hormone levels. It also triggers the release of endorphins which are body’s natural pain killers
  12. Express yourself-people who  regularly express themselves are less likely to die young
  13. Don’t bottle your emotions-keeping a lid on your emotions can knock years off your life
  14. Eat healthy
  15. Floss your teeth
  16. Socialize
  17. Keep yourself mentally active and have a life
  18. Drink one tea a day-tea contains antioxidants and bolsters your immune defenses. it also protects you against cancer and strengthens your bones
  19. Go to bed an hour earlier
  20. Walk everyday-walking strengthens your heart, keeps your weight in check and lowers the risk of disease
  21. Pile less on your plate-eating 6 small meals a day helps regulate blood sugar, control cravings and keep hunger at bay
  22. Choose healthy pals and an optimist peer group
  23. Get gardening-gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine and it also gets your blood moving
  24. Drink milk-milk is a great source of calcium which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
  25. Tell the truth
  26. Get a challenging job
  27. Take up yoga-yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress. It is also known to ease migraines.
  28. Shake less salt-high salt intake causes hypertension and water retention. It can also heighten your risk of heart diseases
  29. Avoid late night TV- it has been found that too much artificial light at night can alter mood and lead to similar symptoms to depression such as lack of energy and enthusiasm.
  30. Restrict your calorie intake
  31. Never give up your sense of purpose
  32. Exercise self-control
  33. Declutter your life-you feel better equipped to deal with life on a day to day basis. It also helps you to sleep better.
  34. Be yourself, unapologetically-trying to be someone you’re not is just not worth all the stress and work that it entails.
  35. Give your heart priority over your head-
  36. Have faith-having faith increases sense of well-being, hope and optimism. It also lowers rate of depression and suicides.
  37. Go overboard on sunscreen and soak up some vitamin D-spending time out in the sun will help to regulate your sleep patterns and improve your overall quality of sleep. Even exposing your eyes to the light will also improve melatonin levels and sleep quality.
  38. Introspect-introspection lets people dig deep within themselves in order to find the root of their problem.
  39. Avoid carcinogens-Carcinogens cause changes in the DNA that can lead to Cancer
  40. Eat your fiber-Consuming lots of fiber — especially fiber from grains — could help stave off early death from heart disease, infections and respiratory illness in men and women,
  41. Consume antioxidants-antioxidants are known to prevent a number of degenerative, age-related diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Cataracts
  42. Eat dark chocolate-dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants helps to lower blood pressure.
  43. Skip the caffeine-caffeine increases catecholamine, your stress hormones.
  44. Develop a sleep schedule-Going to bed at a regular time every night has substantial health benefits and can make you live longer and healthier. One health benefit of getting into a regular bedtime routine is that it will help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  45. Try not be afraid-living under constant fear weaken our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems and decreased fertility
  46. Look on the brighter side of things-A positive attitude towards life helps you to look for a ray of hope even in the darkest time, making you capable to deal with the curve balls life throws at you
  47. Practice optimism-positive thinkers cope better with stress. Optimism can also help you improve your immunity
  48. Smile more often-smiling increases your productivity and is contagious. It helps the body to relax and lets the immune system to react more quickly and effectively
  49. Mediate-meditation helps boost your mind and your immune system
  50. And finally do not take your life for granted!


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