Smile. Think positive. Be optimistic and enthusiastic. You will discover that if you love life, life will love you back. Eat until you are only 80 percent full, and then stop. This is a tradition of the people of Okinawa, the society with the best longevity in the world. Know your numbers. Keep the following levels in the optimal ranges: your blood pressure (under 130/85), cholesterol (under 180), weight (BMI 18 to 25), and sugar (less than 100). Find a doctor you can relate to and trust and see him or her once a year. Try to sleep six to eight and a half hours nightly. Practice good oral hygiene:...
Choose shows that make you laugh, make you happy, or enrich your life. Watch TV only after you have gotten your exercise for the day. Or kill two birds with one stone by lifting weights, working out on the treadmill, or doing yoga while viewing television. Even making a meal or folding laundry is better than just sitting on the couch. Get at least fifteen to thirty minutes of fresh air daily. Try to spend at least a few minutes every day in quiet reflection, whether in the form of prayer, meditation, yoga, or relaxation breathing, etc. It’s not all about you. Connect with your community and...
Regular physical activity (defined as at least thirty minutes exercise per day) conferred a 37 percent decreased risk of death (from any cause). Not smoking tobacco was associated with a 35 percent lower risk. Consuming a Mediterranean diet lowered the mortality risk by 23 percent. Regular consumption of low to moderate amounts of alcohol was associated with a 22 percent lower risk.
Drink water throughout the day. Eat three meals per day, no snacks. Avoid processed foods. Do not eat standing up, on the run, or in front of the TV or computer screen. Enjoy wine regularly but not more than a glass or two. Enjoy dark chocolate in moderation.