Even in today's age of advanced medical technology, not very many of us will live to see a full century. Turning 100 is a grand feat, and here in Denver and across Colorado, we have a way of honoring those who have become Centenarians. If you know someone who is nearing their 100th birthday, you can help make sure they receive this honor by filling out and mailing this request form (link: http://www.seniorsresourceguide.com/directories/Denver/pdf/colorado_centenarian_project_2014.pdf).
How does one live to be 100?
Much of it has to do with genetics. Other than what we can't help, we can do our best to try to live as long as we can by living healthfully. Many of those who even just live into their 90s seem to have a certain pattern to the way they lived their lives. Many of them worked long hours since they were very young, and didn't do much sitting until it was dinner time.
They ate more naturally since they were very young, without much of the hormones we consume in foods these days. No dyes, extra salt and sugar or processed foods. Garden fresh veggies and meats that lived on the farm without all the extra stuff, and whole grains were the staples in their diets. Even if they did indulge in candy or soda, or something very salty, it wasn't very often, and the amount of physical activity they got since they were young made up for it.
Even tobacco used to be healthier back then than it is today! It used to be more pure, with less chemicals, and wasn't as life threatening, even if the cigarettes they smoked were unfiltered. It's true that even the things that were unhealthy weren't as unhealthy as they are now.
What can I do to make sure I live longer?
Even if you are over 50, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you live as long as possible, and be as healthy as possible, so you can enjoy your years as well. The first thing you should do is try ti eat as naturally as possible. Go to a whole foods store for your fruits and veggies. That goes for buying healthy dairy and eggs from cows and chickens that are free range. That means they have been fed naturally, and aren't being fed hormones.
You should also try to get plenty of exercise. Working out with a moderate intensity for at least 3 days a week should be enough to give your heart and lungs a healthy challenge. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Stop smoking or using other tobacco products as soon as possible. Your body will start benefiting from the absence of smoke not long after you quit. Even if you have already smoked for years, and even if you already have a lung disease from it, you can stop now and the disease will cease to progress.