It seems that everyone is searching for the fountain of youth. Some swear by green tea and Pilates, while others say red wine and a daily nap is the key. It appears there’s confusion about how to live longer and better. Author Dan Buettner traveled the world for National Geographic to identify the diet and lifestyles of people who live to be 100-plus. In his Ted Talk, he talks about his findings, and some of what he learned has been incorporated in the tips below.
The Food You Eat Is More Important Than Your Genetics
With the differing views on dieting these days, knowing how to eat right can seem confusing. Research shows that the most healthful diet has an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and plain water for thirst. When world-renowned nutrition expert Dr. David Katz married neuroscientist Catherine Sananès, she applied her scientific acumen to David’s knowledge of nutrition, and they coined the expression, “Loving food that loves you back.” If you love to cook, Catherine’s website is full of healthy recipes and engaging videos. If you’re looking for an easy way to add more nutrition to your meals, check out BlueZone.com for easy recipes and ideas like this one for turning one can of beans into 27 creative meals. While what you eat is of great importance, it’s also important not to overeat.
There’s Nothing Like Staying Active
The best types of exercise for boomers are ones that help you build strength, maintain muscle mass, stay mobile, and improve your balance and stability. Some examples are swimming, yoga, Pilates, weight training, and walking. Of course, the best type of exercise is whatever exercise you love and will do. And, yes, gardening counts!
Don’t Overlook the Benefits of Technology
Even if you consider yourself the least tech-savvy person on the planet, you owe it to yourself to explore the latest benefits that smart technology offers. Take GPS shoe inserts, for example. Out of the 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, 60 percent of them will wander off — and become lost at least once, and 70 percent will become lost three or more times. With GPS shoe inserts, you can track a loved one at all times. There are also smart pill dispensers to ensure you take your prescribed medications at the proper times and only in the prescribed dose. And who wouldn’t like a smart doorbell that features everything from live video streaming to two-way communication? Perhaps one of the best perks of staying on top of smart technology is what it does for your peace of mind!
Maintain Your Social Connections
One thing that centenarians seem to have in common is that they stay connected with others. Whether you’re still engaged with your career or volunteer for a cause that’s near and dear to you, it’s important to spend time with others regularly.
Stay on Top of Your Overall Health
Rather than waiting for a health emergency, be as proactive as possible by scheduling routine blood work and monitoring your blood pressure and other vitals. Understanding Medicare can feel daunting at first, but this cheat sheet goes a long way in helping you navigate the system
As the youngest baby boomers turn 55 this year, perceptions are changing about aging. As stated in the San Diego Union-Tribune, boomers today are “reinventing society’s idea of what it means to grow old.” When you follow the tips above and seek ways to live a healthy lifestyle, there’s no reason why your golden years can’t be some of the best years of your life.