Living a long and healthy life is no small feat. While you might guess a good diet and vigorous exercise are the keys to living into the triple-digits, real-life centenarians have a few ideas of their own as to what has maintained them kicking into old age.
1 . Ice Cream
Yep, Neopolitan that is. That’s what may merely be the secret to 108-year-old Virginia Davis‘ longevity. Davis is said to have a bowl of the very best stuff every night. In fact, her caregiver told The Huffington Post that she goes through a gallon each week. Must be one big bowl.
We don’t recommend trying this one at home, folks. To be fair, Davis said running until her 90 s also helped keep her active and healthy.
That’s exactly what Pennsylvania centenarian Pauline Spagnola told reporters on her 100 th birthday. “A lot of booze, ” to be exact, is the key to longevity, she told. And she’s not the only one hurling back a few to her health. A Staten Island woman, Nancy Lamperti , said on her 101 st birthday that she enjoys a little tipple every day. And the world’s oldest twin brethren in 2015, Pieter and Paulus Langerock, said they have a glass of red wine every single day.
3. A Greasy Breakfast
Another so-called “secret” we indicate you take with a grain of salt. The current oldest person in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, starts her morning with a greasy fry-up of bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast, every day. Her health aides even tell she snacks on bacon throughout the day.
She does note, however, that she doesn’t have any other “bad habits, ” as she’s not a drinker or smoker. She also says she surrounds herself with positivity.
4. Avoiding Men
The opposite sexuality can no doubt cause sorrow, but one centenarian seems to think they can bring on an untimely demise. On her 109 th birthday, Jessie Gallan told reporters that her “secret to a long life has been biding away from men . They’re merely more difficulty than they’re worth.” Gallan never wedded, so it seems it may have worked — for her.
But not to worry, she also said exercise and her daily morning bowl of porridge might have had something to do with her long life as well. She passed away in March 2015.
5. An Egg A Day
An egg a day doesn’t sound too bad. But a raw egg a day? According to centenarian Emma Morano, a raw egg is to thank for her 115 -year life. Earlier this year she told The New York Times that, in her teens, a doctor told her to have raw eggs daily. For much of their own lives, she tells she ingested three raw eggs, but has pared that down to two. Now that’s a hard pill to swallow.
In one of the more health-conscious recommendations, 108 -year-old Duranord Veillard told reporters that each day begins with oatmeal. We can get on board with this one.
Duranord Veillard also says he starts off each day with a round of push-ups. Athlete Fred Winter, 100, also is said to do push-ups every day — 100 of them. Wintertime still vies in the National Senior Games and is fit as a fiddle, so there might be some magic in dropping down and doing a couple of situates.
8. Dr. Pepper
Earlier this year, 104 -year-old Elizabeth Sullivan told reporters that her three-can-a-day Dr. Pepper habit is what’s kept the doctor away all these years. “Every doctor that sees me says theyll kill you, but they succumb and I dont, ” Sullivan told.
There might be some substance to the claim. Billionaire Warren Buffett, 85, credits his longevity to his five-Coke-a-day habit.
9. A Lot Of Movement
In 2011, 100 -year-old Ruth told “Advanced Style” blogger Ari Seth Cohen that her secret to living a century was to keep moving. Ruth said she still practised pilates and lifted weights to stay fit.
Walking doesn’t hurt either. Numerous centenarians have touted walking as their key to longevity , noting that it helps them stay active and independent. Take Walter Sharp, for example. At 100, the WWII veteran was still delivering papers last year. He said that, to enjoy long life, all one had to do was keep walking.
10. Continued Work
UNSTOPPABLE: Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours a day, six days a week at a Buffalo laundromat. Shes also 100 years old, but has no plans to slow down. http :// nbcnews.to/ 1No575f
Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Much like paperboy Sharp, other centenarians also believe that keeping a undertaking helps them keep going. Felimina Rotundo, a 100 -year-old from Buffalo, New York, still works 11 hours a day, six days a week, at a local laundromat. “She says it gives her a purpose, a reason to always wake up in the morning and a reason to always hustle, ” Rotundo’s son told ABC News.
The one-time world’s oldest living human, Walter Breuning, who died in 2011, also recommended you keep working until “you’re darn assured that you can’t run anymore. Maintain on working as long as you can work and you’ll find that it’s good for you.”
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