Grow Old – Become a Centenarian

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I believe we are all born with an amount of time on this planet. The choices we make and the way we choose to live our lives can either take away or add to the amount of time we have in good health. Things like nutrition, exercise, happiness, stress and love all play a big part in our longevity.

How to Grow Old:

4 Lessons To Take From my Grandparents:

Recently I have visited and spoken to all my grandparents. They are all in their late 80′s. My great grandparents have reached ages of way in the 90 years old. This is a really good age to reach, one that many people never see.

I see my grandparents just about every year. After spending a few hours talking to them this year, I wanted to see if there were commonalities between them and the ways in which they lived their lives that have attributed to them reaching the age where they are at now.

Hard work was normal:
Working 12 hour days was nothing exceptional and sometimes even expected. Back in those days people started working hard when they were young and worked mostly until retirement age. Working hard keeps the mind fresh and occupied and the body in action. This means no time to build up fat and lose your fitness.

Eating healthy:

Not 100% raw, and nothing exceptional. My grandparents enjoy their bread, cheese, yoghurt and chocolates as much as anyone, but all in moderation. A balanced but healthy diet is what helped to get them to the age where they are now. I rarely if at all see them snacking on a Big Mac burger.

Alcohol & Cigarettes:
My grandparents don’t smoke. They hardly drink alcohol with the exception of wine and even this is in moderation. A glass or two with dinner and that is all.

Zest for life:
Things were not always easy. My grandparents experienced the second world war. Things were tough. Yet they worked hard, spent time with the ones they loved and enjoyed life. Stress, sadness and anger take a heavy toll on your body.


A centenarian is someone who is able to celebrate their 100th birthday or birthdays after that. There are actaully quite a number of centenarians around the world, with the USA having the largest number and Japan comes in second.

With today’s medical care it is possible to cure a whole lot of ailments that were never possible to cure before. However, many of these ailments (cardio vascular, diabetes, obesity, cancers) are caused by modern lifestyle of fast food, little exercise and stressful jobs.

Japan has the highest number of centenarians. This is attributed to the vast amount of fish the Japanese consume in their traditional lifestyle / diet. We all know about the essential fatty acids and Omega 3′s found in fish. However, with today’s pollution, heavy consumption of fish is not recommended as a way of reaching an old age. Eating too much polluted fish results in all sorts of ailments and cancers due to the presence of mercury and other poisonous substances absorbed by the fish from the ocean.

How Old Can A Human Become?

The oldest recorded person that has lived on our planet was a woman that reached an age of 122 years and 164 days. Under the right circumstances it is speculated that humans could reach an age of 150 years old.

Medicine and technology is advancing, and we are slowly learning more about the aging process. However, our environment that we are living in right now comes with its drawbacks. Fast-food, polluted waters and fresh produce sprayed with pesticides. Polluted air and stressful lifestyles. These things all make it difficult for our bodies and work against our good health.

There are things you can do:

Work hard:
It does not matter what you do, as long as you stay busy. Of course, if you are building up your business or trying to get something done, then do it effectively and with a plan. Boredom and laziness is what ages the body and mind. If you are not working for the money, then work by doing something you love. Start a project or help others, but just keep busy.

Eat Healthy:
Like I mentioned before, you do not have to eat 100% raw food. Try to avoid junk-food, sugars and processed foods where possible. Having some of those in moderation is not a bad thing.

Avoid Alcohol & Cigarettes:
These are both poisons for the body. They can be nice, and sometimes really hard to give up, but it’s for the better. There are people who smoke and drink daily and reach their 90′s, but I feel that these people should be viewed as exceptions rather than examples. Alcohol and cigarettes cause many types of cancer and take years off your life.

Be Happy & Stress-Free:
Easier said than done of course. Try to reflect on your life every now and then and ask yourself if you are living in a way that is causing you a lot of stress. If so, try to reduce it. Do things that make you happy. Being happy and stress-free is a good way to ensure that your body and mind reach an old age.


There is no guarantee that by following these steps that you will become a centenarian and reach 100 years old in good health. Life is pretty unpredictable and that is what makes it fun and exciting. I do think that by following these steps I outlined above, you will greatly increase your chances of reaching an old age in good health.



  • Dusted Eagle

    OK, so we’re watching the evening news, and hear about some 135 year old lady celebrating her birthday. There is all of this hoop-de-doo about it; and, somebody asks her how she was able to live for so long? How come none of these little old ladies say things like, “I smoked 3 packs of cigs a day; drank a liter of bouborn a day; and, always had sex at least 10 tens a day!”? HeHe! I want to be the first one to do that, or, be shot by a jealous husband at 120!

    Seriously, though. I believe that we are all products of our environments. If we work hard, and live and work in a clean environment (as I have always done, at 6,300 feet above sea level), there is no reason why none of us can live a very long life. We do need to clean our minds of frustrations, drama, and stress, and realize that negatives will never make us happy, nor healthy. Always keep your mind moving! Meaning, read books, do puzzles, “figure” things out. Always exercise and do it with weights of any kind. Cardio as well as pulminary! (The old in and out, haha!)Always keep yourself busy, physically and mentally! Wait 40 years…I’ll send you all an invitation to my 100th birthday party, via Diggy!

    • Diggy

      Hey Mr Eagle!
      Glad to hear you are so full of positivity and energy! :) I would love to attend your 100th birthday! I’ll be sure to bring you a few beautiful girls as your present ;) hehe

  • Walter

    I don’t know if I want to live up to that age. No matter how healthy I eat I can’t escape the pollution of our environment. Also, with the increasing conflicts of our time, I don’t want to experience war. Well, just a thought, sorry for the pessimism. :-)

  • Texasholly

    My great grandfather died at 101. He never seemed old. He gave up driving at 98 because they were going to make him take a test again. I think that is another thing that keeps you young…never BEING old.

    • Diggy –

      Hey miss Holly!
      Wow, 101 is old! Damn! I met a man who was 94 last week and he was still in perfect health for his age! :)

  • Ioana-Sabina

    Yes Dicky, I’m trying, not so hard, but I’m trying:)
    25?! Thank youuuuuuuu:) I feel like 18-20 y old:) I have the best feeling when I’m skiing – it seems that the whole world is mine:)
    Thank you for your words, I’ll ride herd on articles, for reasons that I like them and are very useful!:)

  • Vincent

    Hey Diggy,

    I believe working on something we love instead of dragging our feet everyday to work will help us to live longer. Imagine everyday waking up and feeling excited about what we are going to do. It is definitely a great feeling.

    .-= Vincent´s last blog ..33 Striking Differences Between Winners And Losers – So Which Side Are You On? =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Vincent!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      You are right! Feeling alive and WANTING to do something is a great way of living longer. If you dread each day you are mentally killing yourself.

  • Ioana-Sabina

    Hi Dicky,

    Long time no “see”:)I’m back to work so…I have no time to get old:)I hope:)
    I don’t smoke, but I like to smile:) – somebody said to me that smiling, you’ll never get old:) so, I’m trying…ha!
    Na, who am I trying to kid?!
    You’ve right – if we’ll eat healthy and make some gym, and sleep well = Health
    All the best, and don’t forget to come to Romania:)

    • Diggy –

      Hey Sabina! :)
      Yeah that is a good one, I like it. If you smile you don’t get old :)

      You are definitely doing good, you still look like you are 25! Keep it up miss!

  • Stephen – Rat Race Trap

    Hi Diggy! This was a fine post and full of just plain good advice. I don’t want to just live to be old, I want to thrive all the way to the end. There’s a big difference between living and thriving as you well know. Thanks!
    .-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog ..Unconscious Decision Making =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Stephen!
      I totally agree, it’s no fun getting old in porr health. The ideal is to be healthy right up to the end and then go peacefully and quickly. Thanks for stopping by:)

  • Jackie

    Great post Diggy! As a med student, we see all sorts of patients, ranging from the extremely young to the extremely old. You are spot on in describing what it takes to live life to its longest.

    When patients ask us how to have a long healthy life, we tell them that… number 1 reason for longevity: eating healthy. Our grandparents & great grandparents grew up without all these artificial chemicals and preservatives in food. The reason why so many kids are going through puberty earlier these days is due to all the harsh stuff found in processed foods. We are a generation that grew up with vending machines in the school cafeteria, constant Mcdonald’s consumption, etc. We think we are fine now, but kind of scary to think about what our arteries will look like 50 years from now.

    Number 2 reason for longevity: no drugs or alcohol. A study was recently done on the process of aging due to alcohol: It’s a pretty fascinating paper to read (though quite lengthy!). Here’s a shorter Wikipedia version for anyone who wants a brief synopsis:
    Your grandparents are doing the right thing by avoiding the hard liquor and drinking the red wine. It contains a compound called Resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that is heart-healthy. The benefits of Resveratrol are many but a person would have to consume about 100 bottles of red wine a day to get the results that mice did in the studies. Still though, if someone must drink, red wine is the best bet!

    Number 3 reason for longevity: a good social support system. Numerous studies have been done to show that people living in isolated environments (remote locations in the world or nursing homes, etc) or people who don’t make friends easily are more prone to depression which decreases the quality of life and lose the wanting to lead such a long productive life. It’s a psychological thing. I think the reason why your grandparents are so happy and healthy is because they are constantly surrounded by people that they love and care about (for example: you!)

    So great job on this article Diggy. You are correct in everything you said (i’m giving the medical seal of approval lol) and it’s wonderful hearing someone just tell the facts straight out instead of just beating around the bush. Can’t wait to read what you’re coming up with next!

    • Diggy –

      Hey Jackie!
      Wow, thank you for your amazing comment :) It was a pleasure to read!

      You are so right! Modern lifestyle is rather strange and unhealthy in most cases. Hopefully I can convince my readers to live healthy:)

      Have an awesome weekend!

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors

    I think what you stated about avoiding smoking and alcohol makes sense, as well as eating in a nutritious manner and loving what you do. On a deeper level, it’s important that our goals and our actions line up with our moral and ethical values as well. Living out of concert with those values will cause a lot of stress, which takes it’s toll on the body.
    .-= Steve-Personal Success Factors´s last blog ..2 Best Ways to Achieve Personal Success =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Steve!
      Thank you for stopping by :)
      I agree, you have to be true to yourself. If you are living a lie you are faking life and will be deeply unhappy.


    Don’t do drugs…or do…I can’t remember which one it is.
    .-= JONNY

    • Diggy –

      I think it’s the first one ;)

  • Tanner @LifeDestiny


    Ever since I started eating Paleo (basically raw foods, except I still cook my meats), I have leaned up so much to the point where I can finally see my abs. This is along with intermittent fasting. Eating raw dates back to the beginning of mankind. Now with all the genetics and everything, people are becoming obese and overweight. Connection?

    Also what do you think of things like The Life Extension Foundation?
    .-= Tanner @LifeDestiny´s last blog ..The Inpspiration Manifesto is Getting Fixed! =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Tanner!
      Congrats on the raw food diet :) I havent done this myself yet but would really like to try it for 30 days. Would be a good experiment to see if it makes a difference in energy levels and general health. Todays lifestyle if of course very much responsible for obesity and many complications like diabetes. Sad…people have the choice to eat healthy

  • Jorden Falsetto

    Seems like I’m on my path to become a centenarian myself.

    Subscribed buddy ;)

    • Diggy –

      You’ll do good :)
      Thanks for subscribing Sir! See you soon!

  • Earl

    Of course there are no guarantees as you say, but the steps you outline are not only potential means to an end, but also ways to help extract the most quality out of life starting today. They will not only increase your chances of living longer but will increase your chances of enjoying every day of your life with greater happiness, whether you live to 50 or 122.
    .-= Earl´s last blog ..A Decade of Wandering Ends, Another One Begins (Part 2) =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Earl!
      Yeah I’m with you on those thoughts. It’s not always about old age, just about the quality of life for as long as you live!

  • Nate

    Really creative idea for a post. I like it a lot. I’d love to hit 100! Eating more healthy is something that I’ve been focusing on lately. I ignored it for many years. It’s amazing how much better you can feel by eating better.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..low-budget content creation experiment =-.

    • Diggy –

      Nate :)
      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! That is so true, after a week or two of only bad food, you realize what an effect it has on your body. I always feel good after a healthy meal:)

  • Oscar – freestyle mind

    I would say that working hard works when you do physical activity. It’s not the work in se, but the movement you do to maintain your body healthy. If the work you do is not good for your body, then you’ll have the exact contrary.
    .-= Oscar – freestyle mind´s last blog ..Rationale Thinking and the Scientific Method =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hi Oscar!
      Yeah of course the physical movement is great. I was also referring to keeping the mind occupied. When you stop working and do absolutely nothing, the mind and body deteriorate faster than usual.

  • Anthony Feint

    great article Diggy! Old age seems to run in my family so im liking my chances ;)

    I thing there is quite a bit of luck involved. i hear about people living to 100 who have smoked and drank throughout their lives.
    .-= Anthony Feint´s last blog ..What To Do When You Can’t Be Bothered =-.

    • Diggy –

      Heya Anthony! Lucky you, that sounds good. Live the right lifestyle and you’ll hit that 100 :)

  • Gordie Rogers

    Hi Diggy,
    I think stress is actually increasing as technology increases. It’s weird, because if I find my blood boiling, it’s usually because of some technology failure. Stress eats at us, causes all sorts of chemical reactions in the body which aren’t good for us. We have to get back to chilling out.
    .-= Gordie Rogers´s last blog ..Interview With Captain Australia. =-.

    • Diggy –

      Hey Gordie!
      Of course, the more twitters, facebooks, emails and other gadgets there are, the more they find their ways into our lives and minds, and often cause more stress than functionality.