Many more of us are living life’s third act and enjoying a vigorous and fulfilling life. The third act is how Jane Fonda defines the years beyond 60. The challenge is of course to make that third act as long as possible. In this article, you will find examples of many people who are doing just that. We then will describe some steps you may take to emulate them.
Some centenarians who found the 100-year-old secret
You may be surprised to know that centenarians are not found equally in all parts of the world. Instead there are communities around the world which have many more individuals who are over 100 years of age.
In 1975, Morley Safer visited the lush valleys of Abkhazia where residents routinely lived to 100 – without giving up wine, meat, or cigarettes.
As a result, Safer suggested some life lessons on the best way to “keep young:”
- Food from the earth, not from a can.
- Hard physical labor, not the so-called leisure years.
- Above all, an unbreakable belief in family life that makes age more important than youth or wealth — and old age the most important time of life.
More recently, a CBS 60 Minutes colleague, Lesley Stahl, visited a retirement community, which used to be called Leisure World 45 miles south of Los Angeles. It’s now its own city: Laguna Woods. The residents there are also enjoying very long lives for many of the same reasons.
Dan Buettner and his team have been studying the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting ages. These include Nuoro province in the island of Sardinia, the archipelago of Okinawa and a community of Seventh-Day Adventists concentrated in and around Loma Linda, California.
You can see what he found in the following video, where he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them all spry past age 100.
What you can do to live to be 100
So what can you do to live to be 100? Here is what Dan Buettner suggests.
If you want even more suggestions then the Huffington Post has set out 100 Ways To Live To 100. You will surely find several that will work for you.
What kind of challenge are you facing? A good way to measure this would be to try out the Life Expectancy Calculator. It only takes 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire and you can then received feedback on what age you might currently live to. It also provides suggestions on the steps you might take to extend your life.
If you are over 90 and believe you have some secrets that would help others, then why not add a comment here to give us your words of wisdom.
For an update on other information on how to live longer, check the article: How to live a longer healthy life. This connects with the Natural Health Revolution that is supported by Zija natural nutritional products.