If in 1900 you told someone that in 100 years time that their life expectancy would almost double to over 80 years old they would have looked at you as if you had 3 heads. Now that it's happened how much further can we go?
With medical research going much further than before, understanding of what is needed in terms of diet and exercise, the reduction in numbers of people smoking, who could possible tell me that I can't live another 120 years. Not just that but have an amazing quality of life whilst being that old!
In a world where scientific advancements are continuously unfolding, the idea of living up to 150 years old may not be as far-fetched as it seems. Although there's no definitive roadmap to ensure such longevity, a fusion of science, lifestyle habits, and potentially even genetic enhancements could make it possible.
In my humble opinion, lifting weights and a healthy heart is going to be the path of least resistance to getting to that significant number. However, taking into account other factors could help.
Bare in mind, if your goal is to live as long as happy as possible then your focus should be to start NOW!!!
1. Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
The foundation of longevity is a healthy lifestyle. This includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. A Mediterranean-style diet, proven to support heart health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, might be particularly beneficial.
Regular physical activity is also crucial. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Regular exercise contributes to cardiovascular health, maintains muscle mass, improves mood, and supports overall well-being.
Don't overlook the importance of mental health. Engage in stress-relieving activities, practice mindfulness, and maintain social connections to support your mental and emotional well-being.
2. Prioritise Sleep
Quality sleep is a non-negotiable aspect of longevity. Sleep helps the body repair itself, supports brain health, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
3. Embrace Preventative Medicine
Regular check-ups and screenings are vital to detect potential health issues early. Advances in personalised medicine now allow for tailored preventative strategies based on our unique genetic makeup. Genetic testing can uncover predispositions to certain diseases, allowing for early intervention and management.
4. Invest in Health Technologies
The future of longevity could be significantly influenced by health technologies. Innovative solutions such as wearable fitness trackers and health apps promote healthy behaviours and provide real-time feedback on your health.
5. Continuous Learning and Adaptation
A commitment to lifelong learning and adaptation is vital in a rapidly changing world. This includes staying informed about advancements in health and technology, being open to new ways of improving health, and adapting lifestyle habits as needed.
To be clear, the prospect of living to 150 is currently more theoretical than practical, and it's essential to focus on quality of life, not just quantity.
However, I just don't care. My goal is to live that long and there is going to be no one who will tell me it isn't possible! Join me on my journey to the year 2143!