Friday, May 20, 2016

Day 2409 - The secret to living longer

Ready to live until you're a hundred?

Happy Birthday Nanna!

My grandmother hit 95 last week and we're all cheering her on to make the tonne.  Not only because we love her and want her in our life for longer, but also because we're hoping she'll get a letter from the Queen ... or the King.

When I look at the way Nanna has lived her life I note a few things: She never learned to drive, she walked lots, she's always lived in a small town, in a cold climate, she's always eaten heartily, she doesn't drink alcohol, she's never smoked, she laughs daily, she's the first on the dance floor and she loves to socialise.

In an article I read in Who Magazine 16 May 2016, they take a look at how to live longer.

A guy by the name of Guy Buettner set out to discover how people in certain parts of the world (like Greece, Costa Rica, California, Japan) live for longer than others.

Three habits from his book The Blue Zones Solution: The Revolutionary Plan to Eat and Live Your Way to Lifelong Health are highlighted by Who.

  1. Active Lifestyle:  We're not talking about being a gym junkie, but rather looking at ways to ensure exercise is part of the every day.  Walking to the shops, riding to work, planting a garden.  
  2. Eat Less Meat:  People in Buettner's study have diets high in plant foods adding only minimal amounts of meat and including beans for protein.  
  3. Social Ties:  Apparently loneliness can take about eight years off your life expectancy.  The people who live the longest have good connections with people and invest in their friendships.

These are definitely habits to consider and ones I am actively injecting into my life right now. 

I'm not sure how Nanna has done it, but I do know she's done it well! 

I'm aiming for the tonne myself.

What about you? 


  1. My nana nearly made it, and I definitely think being trapped in the house by infirmity was what did her in the end because she couldn't get to the social club anymore :( That said, she also loved a bevvie so maybe that was the short fall! :) #PoCoLo

    1. Sometimes a bevvy helps to pickle a person!
      I agree that the "being trapped" without any socialising can change things very quickly.

  2. Great article! And congratulations on 95 to your Nanna! Some great tips to follow! :) x #PoCoLo

    1. Thanks Rebecca. She's definitely doing well that's for sure.

  3. Hi Leanne, I hope your Nanna had a fantastic 95th Birthday. I have never seen Haley's Comet and apparently it is due to enter the earths atmosphere again when I turn 94, I've also invited a few friends along too, some of which I'm pretty certain won't make it. To be honest I only want to live a long life, if it's a healthy one.

    We live in the sticks on a Greek island and some of the 'oldies' around here are fantastic. Our nieghbours are 83 and both still pottle around the garden planting veg and take walks down the road. And another lady who is also 83 has only recently had a carer start looking after her, I think it's more that she's not quite with it mentally anymore, which is a shame.

    The chap down the road still cycles everywhere and enjoys a drop of village wine in the evenings and he's 86! There is definitely a lot to be said for the Mediterranean diet, it's just a shame that there are so many pie shops over here now, I don't think the younger generation of Greeks will be living such long and healthy lives.


    1. Thanks so much for touching base from the Greek islands! You're such a long way away from us here in Oz, but I do hope to get to your part of the world within the next few years. The Greek Islands is near the top of my bucket list. Thanks also for giving me some Greek perspective on this theory. Awesome to hear that the Mediterranean diet actually works. Damn pies though ...

  4. I live in CA and not everyone gets too much exercise, but I definitely walk everywhere I can!

  5. Happiest of Birthdays to your Grandmother! My Nana will be 89 this year and I agree the social aspect and getting them out and about really helps keep them active, lively and happy :)

  6. Happy birthday to your Grandmother, hope you all had a fab time celebrating. I read that fact on loneliness in a magazine earlier today and I thought it was shocking. It makes sense when you think more about it and I know whenever I've felt lonely (not often) it is really isolating, and so you can see that being a factor. And I'm with you, I'm planning on being around for a long time too :) Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo


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