15 December, 2012

The Up Hill Way To Live To 100

A valley in Cornwall England

I was reading an article in the Daily Mail which gave 50 Ways To Live To 100. One of these was to live on a hill:

"Seven out of ten of the longest-living communities in the U.S. are mountain-based, and in the tiny Sardinian mountain town of Ovodda, as many men as women live to be 100. Whether it’s the fresh air, or the fact you’re doing a lot of walking uphill (using major muscle groups and giving your heart a good workout), moving up in the world could extend your life."

I might be able to do the other 49 - just - but living on a hill would be a bit of a problem as my house is in a valley. The photo shows a view from half way up the valley side. The trees are mostly bare as winter is with us.

There's no high altitude air for me but we do still, most days, walk a narrow road up the valley slopes. There's no need for us to do this as we can walk to the local town all on one level but we take the long, harder route. So we do that bit in the article about 'doing a lot of walking uphill.'

I've been walking up the hill for 19 years. When I started doing so I had to stop a couple of times on the way to the top. I got quite out of breath but gradually, over the weeks, I eventually made it without a rest. Now I can do the hill without thinking about it.

I agree, therefore, with what the article says: "doing a lot of walking uphill ... could extend your life." It certainly does give the "heart a good workout."

As for the other 50 ways to extend life they are a mixed bunch, a few examples: Have a banana; read a magazine upside down; drink one tea a day; build your biceps; forget something every day; smile broadly; take up yoga; have sex at least twice a week - and with that thought in mind, I'll leave you to read the rest on the Daily Mail website.

Stay young.

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8 comments:

  1. I like the idea of living to 100 if I'm still healthy. Looking at some of the suggestions, it's nearing the end of the week but I'm behind schedule with one of them!

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    1. So you are behind with your tea drinking then?

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  2. My home at times looks like a mountain; climbing uphill is an every day thing. Good to know that the twice daily walk encourages good health and friendship! Thank you Mike!

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    1. Thanks Dixie. I like the idea of walking for health and friendship.

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  3. Re:
    "read a magazine upside down"
    Since I live in the land Down-under does that mean I can read the magazine right-side up and still derive the same benefits ?-)

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    1. Oh, no, definitely not ... you can't buck the rules!

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  4. Read a magazine upside, walk uphill, and sex twice a day. I wonder if there will be a spate of babies born 9 months after that article!

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    1. That was sex twice a 'week' not a day - you're just being greedy!

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