Shar’s Soapbox # 2 – “10 Secrets for Longevity”

Hi there,

As a follow on from # 1, today I want to give you the 10 secrets of long-lifers, according to Dr John Tickell, as published in the Sunday Mail.  He has travelled all over the world and talked to lots of people and observed their lifestyles, daily habits and outlooks on life.  The ones that interested him most were those that made it healthily and happily into their 80s and 90s.  This is what they taught him:

  1. Be calm – those that used to be aggessive, calmed down long ago.  Slow down and take three deep breaths every now and again.
  2. Eat simply – they have always eaten simple foods and rarely fast foods (fish and chips now and again). Natural food without any additives is always best.
  3. Eat your vegies – there are very few vegetarians among them but as a rule they have always eaten lots of vegies.  Lots of variety and colours is best.
  4. Eat breakfast – they almost always eat breakfast. Try waking up a little earlier so that you have time to eat breakfast.
  5. Get active – they have always been fairly active; even in mature age they still walk and garden.  Use stairs or buy a skipping rope or rebounder.
  6. Stay in shape -there are not too many overweight people in their 80s or 90s.  Keeping fit is easier now than ever (especially here at Viva Fitness).
  7. Practise moderation – there are no alcoholics and not many teetotallers either. If you enjoy the odd drink, make sure it’s social (never drown your sorrows).
  8. Take notice of genetics – this helps, but you can still do fine even if your parents didn’t live to a ripe old age. This is because of the increasing awareness and control we have over our own risk factors. (discussed in # 1) Prevention is always better than cure.
  9. The meaning of life – those with support in their lives, or a rapport with others, are usually around to tell the tale.  The bond could be with a special loved one, relatives, children, friends, pets or even community groups.  Have a get-together with friends or family once a week!
  10. Be grateful – they’ve always stopped to smell the roses. Do your best to be thankful for what you have every day.

I absolutely love these tips (thankyou Dr Tickell).  Even in my own family I have relatives that have lived well into their 90s, one still living at 95 years of age, who practises almost all of the above.  The sad thing though, and this is my opinion only, is that it appears the generations closer to my age are dying younger, due to what I call “modern day diseases” or they are totally reliant on medication and not living the quality of life that they should.  Anyway alot of this is answered in the book G-L-O-W as per # 1.  So, get off the couch, get moving today and enjoy your life!

Yours in good health

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