What does it really take to live to be 100 years old? I was a bit surprised about what I found recently.
For the longest time, just like most other people, I figured that living to be the ripe old age of 100 (or more) was just about the typical “eat right and exercise” garbage advice we hear in the wellness space.
I thought it was that simple, until I started hearing articles like this, “Woman’s live to 100 longevity secret: Bacon every day.”
Yes, you read that right. One woman (actually I’ve seen this a few times in the recent years) claims her secret to longevity was eating bacon every day.
And then, when you think about it, we all have an uncle or aunt, or know someone that has one, who claims to have smoked, drank, and eaten whatever they wanted, and lived to some crazy age.
Uh… sounds a lot more fun to me !
Well you might be surprised – there’s one habit that’s just as important – if not more important – than diet and exercise that I recently dug up.
What I Discovered Studying 25 People That Lived to 100+
Here’s The Truth Behind Longevity
1. It’s not just about diet and exercise.
I wrote a popular article last year called “23 People That Lived to 100 Spill Their Secrets of Longevity” and by far the biggest commonality they all shared was this: their mindset and approach towards life.
Some of them smoked for over 100 years (yes, 100), and still managed to live to an insane age.
Some of them drank every single night.
Many of them didn’t pay any particular attention to their health.
Some of them went through extreme hardships, like surviving the holocaust, or other insanely stressful life events.
In other words, some of them had easy lives, some had hard lives, but all of them shared the mindset that we’re here for the ride, it’s important to just enjoy life and have fun.
Mindset, not even their physical approach towards health, proved to be the strongest correlation here.
2. The internal aspects of wellness are just as important as the external.
It’s funny, when I work with people I tend to refer to the two goals that we all have:
“Health” goals – since we all want to be healthy, disease free, not having to worry about ourselves, etc.
And then “I want to look sexy as hell” goals – doesn’t matter if we’re male or female, we still want to LOOK good too.
The problem is that it’s super easy to get caught up only judging our health based on how our body looks and feels. In reality, how WE internally feel is just as important (or even more important).
Ever date somebody that was amazing – picture perfect – on paper, yet you didn’t feel anything for them?
Or what about getting a job that paid you oodles of money, yet you hated showing up every single day because it made you feel like crap?
This is that mind/heart intuitive battle we can get stuck in sometimes. It’s VERY easy to get caught thinking that our good health is just about how the body looks and feels – but how do you feel about your own life? Is it fulfilling, meaningful, exciting, and rewarding?
You may seem healthy, but internally you feel lost in life, like you’re off your path and you can’t find the compass.
3. What habits do you need to fulfill your inner wellness routine?
I talk a lot about tiny habits here, to get the health, body and life you want.
So today, rather than figuring out “what should I really eat” – spend time to figure out what new habits you need to nurture your inner wellness GPS.
Here are some ways to approach it:
– Purpose/meaning: Do you feel your life has these?
– Fun: High level – do you enjoy your life on a day-to-day basis?
– Close relationships: Are you spending time each week with people important to you?
– Congruence: Do you feel like you’re living the life you’re supposed to be living?
The presence or lack of these just may be a BIGGER predictor of how long you live (and how well), than anything you eat or how much you walk…
Today’s tiny habit: Spend time reviewing your “inner wellness GPS” and ask yourself what you really need (beyond the physical) for a great quality of life. It’s scientifically backed that there’s lots more to your health and wellness (and longevity) beyond just what you eat and how often you move.
What about you? Tell me below
What kinds of habits do you have for your inner wellness routine?