Living Past 100 - The Easy Way

Living Past 100 - The Easy Way
I just heard today that the key to living to the age of 112 is to eat dessert and to tell people off. This must be legitimate because it is a quote from the oldest living man in the world - Masazo Nonaka. Well, there you have it, we now know how to live past a hundred. Other advice from centenarians includes - eating highly processed pork products, drinking lots of Dr. Pepper, and one centenarian drinks three beers and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue Label daily! Que up Bad To The Bone.

When I read this, I’m thinking - “What the hell. I’m getting up at 5:00 in the morning so I can join my mates for a high intensity workout, followed by a protein smoothie and an apple, when I could be drinking beers and doing shots.” Do I have this all wrong?

I hope we can all agree that they lived past a hundred in spite of these things and not because of them.

Everyone is the age of their heart. - Guatemalan proverb

For the past decade, I have been exploring, sometimes in agonizing detail, the science of aging, living longer, and even living better. And my sole purpose for doing this is so I can stay fit, strong, healthy, and live an active and adventurous life.

What I have learned is that there are a variety of strategies we can employ to extend our lifespan, but I would like to touch on the one thing that we can do, starting today, that is all but guaranteed to not only add years to our lives, but add life to our years. That's exercise.

Exercise Starts With Movement
Just about everything tied to aging well or aging not so well is tied directly or indirectly to exercise or lack of.

Studies have shown that walking for just 30 minutes a day will add seven years to your life. Now my guess is that there is more going on than just going for a walk. It is highly possible that the same people that get out and walk a mile a day probably do other healthy things versus the people that are glued to the couch.

Having said that - I really believe that if you get out and walk every day (as a starter), you will start seeing results and will probably, hopefully, start doing other things that will make you even healthier and ultimately live a bit longer.

Conclusion
To get the most out of your remaining years on this planet and make them truly adventurous, you must ratchet up the intensity of not just your workouts, but your life. To do this, you really need to get running and lift some weights (cardio and resistance training), or at least a suitable replacement.

This won’t be easy, at least in the beginning, but nothing great ever is.

The key thing here is that the goal is not to live longer necessarily, but to live a fuller, more vibrant life and if we can tack on a few more on in the process, then all the better!

Lastly, I don’t know if we can defeat aging, but I think we can trick the hell out of it. Whatever the outcome will be, it sure beats sitting around and accepting the inevitable. And it will be a lot funner!

See you out there!
Jim