Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday - Live To Be 100!
First Published: August 22, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Credit: Men’s Fitness
NEW YORK., N.Y. -- We all know (or at least I hope) a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise adds years to your life. How would you like to live to be 100?
I certainly wouldn’t mind as long as I was healthy in body and mind.
Dr. Oz shares his prescription to becoming a centenarian in September’s Men’s Fitness Magazine. The trick is performing at your optimal level at every stage in life. “The number 1 driver in longevity isn’t how heavy you are. It’s how fit you are. You’re better off being fat – and a little fit – than being skinny and out of shape,” reveals Dr. Oz to Men’s Fitness.
So, how do you start living forever young? Researchers discovered people who live to be 100 have three things in common. First, they were in good shape. Second, they ate whole foods. And third, they had supportive relationships.
In the September issue, Dr. Oz maps out his stay fit longevity tips for men through the different decades.
Guys in your 20s: “Place more emphasis on muscle-building activities. You should be working out every other day, building up your core, your arms, and your legs. The one activity you should definitely be doing is pull-ups. You know why I love pull-ups? Because they force you to lift your own body weight,” advises Dr. Oz.
Guys in your 30s: “Once you hit your 30s, you can start to move away from muscle-building activities a little bit and focus more on fitness. Young guys are more able to move around, but thirtysomethings are little stiffer and start putting on more weight,” reveals Dr. Oz. Try a little more flexibility training and fewer muscle-building sessions.
Guys in your 40s: “By the time you’re in your 40s, it all becomes about your body’s pliancy. I would spend more time doing yoga or balance activities, like doing exercises with your eyes closed. To improve your balance, do this simple test. Stand up straight with your arms folded across your chest, close your eyes, and raise one foot, bending at a 45-degree angle. Set a goal of balancing for 15 seconds,” suggests Dr. Oz.
To read more on Dr. Oz’s anti-aging secrets, head to www.mensfitness.com.
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