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How to Age Less and Live Longer

Updated on May 10, 2012

I never really thought of aging until last year when I crossed forty. That year I met a remarkable woman who was seventy years old and was astonishingly young looking, energetic and passionate about life. She inspired me. I too wanted to grow old gracefully.

Experts say that longevity is attributed to many factors and mostly to those that we can have a hand with. Things like having smart nutrition, exercise and positive attitude. How then do we add years to our life and life to our years?

Make a Commitment to Embark on a Personal Longevity Plan

If we want to grow old gracefully and graciously, we need to create good healthy habits. This doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes commitment and a good plan that we must follow. Also, we must have inner motivation and a clear vision of what we truly want.

I took a photo of myself and the woman who inspired me so I can visualize what kind of person I want to be when I am seventy and more.


Love Your Body

When you were born, you received a body. You may love or hate your body but for the time that you are on Earth, this body is yours. Stop for awhile and check if you love your body or not.

  • Are you feeding your body with nutritious or junk food?
  • Are you allowing it to get enough rest or less than what it needs?
  • Do you get active and move your body or do you tend to be lazy and sit around for hours?
  • Do you praise or criticize your body when you look at it?

Eat Right

Eating a handful of nuts a day is known to increase your life. The omega 3 found in nuts and fish keeps your brain sharp, your mood balanced and gives you smoother skin.

Researchers from the University of Athens who regularly eat veggies, fish and olive oil live more than others. Plant based foods and healthy fats reduce the risk of heart disease.

If you want to add three years to your life, eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.

Stays fit by keeping in shape and have the desired weight. Life expectancy decreases if you are overweight or underweight.

Eat smart and maintain a healthy BMI.

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Get Moving

Stay active. Our bodies need to move and be used for it to last through the years. Find the best exercise regimen that suits you. Yoga, pilates, zoomba, swimming, walking and so many more. Explore and enjoy your body in motion.

Each body is different and has varied needs. No one diet works for everyone nor does any sleep, exercise or sleep regimen. But if you respect and value your body, you would hold it in high regard. And just like you treat anything that you find valuable, you learn to treat it well. You choose to treat it well.

This may be too obvious but it must be stated again or it might be overlooked. If you give your body all the love that it needs, your body will work in its optimum level and would happily work for you as your partner.


Learn How to Deal with Stress and Live a Positive Life

Stress is the number one killer and cause of diseases. If you want to learn how to age less, then learn to deal and cope with stress.

There are many ways to deal with stress.

  • Meditate and quiet your mind
  • Change the belief systems that bring you negativity and replace it with positive ones.
  • Nurture your relationships and improve your connections.
  • Engage in activities that bring you joy and pleasure.
  • Find your purpose and live a life filled with meaning.
  • Forgive and let go of hurts, resentment or anger.
  • Laugh often.
  • Allow yourself to go with the flow with life. Resistance causes stress. Acceptance is the key to heal.
  • Acquire a positive and grateful attitude.
  • Once in a while, be spontaneous.
  • Live mindfully. Breathe in the fresh air of new life everyday and be grateful for who you are and what you have.

There are still numerous ways on how to live longer. The best way to go about it is to learn to listen to your inner guidance, the one that is connected to your divinity. Allow it to guide and give you the wisdom that you need to live a life that you yearn to live.

By: Michelle Simtoco

This Book Will Shift Your Perspective About Health

One More Thing

If you, like me, want to really know if it were eternally possible to be ageless in body and timeless in mind, the book from Deepak Chopra is a book you must read. Voted up interesting and fascinating. This book started me off with the belief that it is truly possible for us to be old and healthy.


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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I keep forgetting my age. Soon the time will come when I need to write it down on a piece of paper: and lose the paper.

      The effects of time and carelessness on our body and mind are what we call aging. With vigilance these effects can be minimised.

      Handling stress can be the hardest.

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Ripplemaker, How is it that I do not feel my age? I think that is a good thing. :) Your suggestions are very good and it is up to us to implement foods and exercise, both mentally and physically, that will keep us young.

      Great topic! Voted up and Interesting.


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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Indeed wewillmake age continues to increase but what we can do is reduce the effect it has on body and mind.

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      wewillmake 5 years ago from kerala-INDIA

      Age cannot be lowered it goes on... By these we can change our appearance only.. Anyway useful tips..

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh Yeah! Wonderful hub. Love it shared it, linked to it. It is a challenge to keep ourselves healthy. SInce I started comparing it to how well I take care of my car, it reminds me I need my FUEL too! Great read. Thanks! I like the photo idea.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thelma Alberts: The challenge is really to commit to what we know should keep us healthy. I guess the commitment must come in first. Finding replacement for junk food would be a good idea. hehehe

      Alex: Yes, positive friends are important indeed. Laughter does wonders for health. I agree! :)

      Injured Lamb: Thanks for dropping by and voting up and useful. Cheers to you too!

      PWalker: Yes, it does add years! Got that! :) Thanks for coming back to explain, so sweet of you.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      What I meant to say was that accepting and forgiving ADD years to our lives, not shave them off (commenting before coffee = booboos like that :-)).

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      anglnwu: Knowing people like them is truly inspiring right? Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      PWalker281: Thank you for adding valuable ways to age less and live longer. Those are helpful tips that one can learn from. Acceptance and forgiveness does a lot to remove stress and yes, that helps a lot in helping us live happier lives!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      AlexK2009: What you say is so true. So true!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      VioletSun: Marie, walnuts and almonds are kinda expensive here but this is really healthy snacks. Beats the sweet we crave so much. Haha Yes, Daisy is eating oatmeal for snacks nowadays. I will be sure to tell her of your hug. She would appreciate it I am sure. Onward to our journey of growing old graciously and joyfully. Let's go!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      cloverleaffarm: Oh that would be so cool, a 101 neighbor would be inspiring thing indeed! I believe she doesn't have negative belief systems so a positive attitude keeps her young at heart. Thanks for this!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      teaches12345: Coming up with a good plan is the easy part, now the commitment to it is the challenge. Hehe Yay, thanks for voting this up, up!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      sandrabusby, I smiled at your comment because sometimes we fear growing old. And yet what you say is exactly the reason why it's becoming beautiful because we are gaining wisdom and learning how things work! Wonderful words. Thank you for sharing.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great and useful sharing ripplemaker, vote this useful and up! Cheers!

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Agreed, Thelma, that bonding with friends and family is a major factor, but you need to keep friends who have a positive and youthful attitude. And laughter helps a lot

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Very good ideas to follow. Eating healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, fish with a lot of omega 3, exercising, bonding with friends, etc. It is very easy to say than doing all these things but I try my best to keep myself healthy. Anyway, I seldom eat junk food. Great article! Thanks for sharing.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Good ideas. I too know of a seventy year old lady who looks like she's in her late 40's, is totally energetic and has a great sense of humor. I know for a fact that she eats healthy, exercise regularly and is involved in all kinds of church activites. Good information and rated up.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      All good advice for living a long and healthy life.

      I think vitamin/mineral supplementation is important too because, try as we might, we don't always get what we need from our food, for a number of reasons. Being adequately hydrated is essential as well. And like AlexK2009 said, our bodies are always telling us what we need to do if we would just listen.

      I really like the tips about acceptance and forgiveness. If we practiced those on a regular basis, we'd shave years off our lives. Great hub, voted up and useful.

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Managing diet, stress and exercise will get you a long way. The other thing is to learn to listen to your body so as to see problems before they become problems. Great hub.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, I eat nuts every single day, a handful of walnuts in my cereal or oatmeal, and almonds as snacks. Since I don't eat too many sweets nowadays, ( I still do but not as much) almonds and grapes have replaced the cookies I used to eat. Also moisturizing our skin is crucial. Thanks for this uplifting hub. I too want to be healthy, alert and filled with vitality when I get into to my senior years. :)

      Voted up! I also voted your other hub up by the way.

      Hugs and give a hug to Daisy for me.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      You should meet my neighbor who is 101. She still lives alone, cooks her own meals, and some light housekeeping. She never "ate right", or did much "exercise". Her positive attitude is what keeps her heart at least.

      Great info. voted up+

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      All good ideas and so easy to follow. Eating right, exercise and staying positive are all great facts. Thanks for the information and the encouragement. Voted up,up!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Good suggestions, all. And very worth following. I find that the older I get, the better life gets because -- finally -- I am learning how things work and I am learning how I, personally, work. Thanks for all your great hubs.