Thanks to the work of medical science, people now have a likelier chance of living past 100 these days than at any time in history. In fact, it is estimated that over one million Americans will live past 100 by the year 2050. This is quite remarkable considering the lifestyle of the average American. But we can’t just rely on medical science to make us live for a century. We can’t just do whatever we want and say, “Don’t worry, science will save me”. You have to play a small part in your own demise. Here are some tips on how to become a centenarian.
Get out of the easy chair!
It may sound weird, but those who spend a lot of time sitting are more likely to have serious health problems in the future, even if they exercise regularly. According to studies, those who spend a lot of time sitting are more susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes and a wider waist line. Get out of the chair; take a walk on your break or stand up when you’re talking on the phone. You can put your computer on a high table, counter or a bar and stand in front of it instead of sitting at a desk.
Walk as much as possible. Try parking your car farther away than you usually do. Use the upstairs washroom. Take the dog out for an extra walk.
The power of pomegranate
Not many people think about pomegranate juice, opting for the traditional apple, orange, or cranberry juice. But recent studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can prevent arteries from hardening, prevent gum disease, and reduce blood fats in diabetes. Even more, pomegranate juice can even prevent some types of cancers, such as lung cancer.
Eat one pomegranate a day, or drink a glass of the juice a day. Some people don’t like the sour taste of this fruit, so try adding a dollop of honey or make a smoothie out of it. An extra benefit of the fruit is that it is also very high in fiber, which should please William Shatner at least.
Learn to dance
To maintain a healthy memory and brain cognition, learning an activity that requires complex physical moves with brain-body coordination is an ideal choice. Dancing requires a surprising amount of physical work as well as coordinating your brain and body movements.
A recent study from McGill University found that the subjects who joined a tango class performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not join. They also showed improved balance, posture as well as motor coordination.
Another study showed that those suffering from dementia showed improvement in memory and thinking speed when they went out dancing 40 to 60 minutes a week.
If you’re like me and you hate dancing, take dance lessons. This way you won’t be alone; dance classes are full of reluctant men forced to join by their wives. Get in there and have some fun.