According to Associate Emeritus Bill Winkler… From all that has been and will be, written and said about health and longevity, it boils down to the following “Big 5” determinants:
Genes | Diet | Exercise | Sleep | Attitude
Good, bad, or so-so, we can enhance or modify our genes by how we handle the remaining four.
Dine on the colors, the reds, yellows, greens, browns, whites, blues, oranges, blacks via: fruits, veggies, fish, fowl, limited lean red meats. Avoid overindulging on sugars, fats, and sodium. Best advice for weight control: “If it tastes good, spit it out!”
MOVE! Challenge your muscles and heart consistently. This may be through our work, home chores, fitness classes or clubs, play, sports, whatever. Finding a dedicated partner or group is really helpful.
Critical! Strive for a consistent schedule of 7-8 hours preferably close to the same time period each day. This will boost your immune system, restore energy and your mental function. Works to control our weight too!
A positive, happy approach to the potential rewards each day has in store sure beats being a grump. Smile, laugh, enjoy!
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner
To reach the age of 100…When you get to age 99 get very careful.