Ten Rules of Thumb, which I’ve gathered from professional sources, suggest that longevity can be guesstimated by:
- Lung capacity (which can generally relate to low resting heart rates) – see: fitness age . A related rule of thumb: How quickly one can expel all of one’s lung capacity. Your VO2 MAX is a good parameter to know.
- Strong grip / handshake strength
- Do well on a sitting rising test aka SRT (honest!) What’s this test? How many times can you get up from a sitting position (knees crossed) without assistance? More sit-rises means longer lifespans.
- Live in a “blue zone” and/or practice what centenarians do in them (eg. Seventh Day Adventists, Okinawans). Right – “Mediterranean” diet and other factors help to maintain blood pressure levels under control. Click to Eating to Break 100.
- Satchel Paige was spot on – “everything in moderation”. Live smartly -> counter the four causes of free radicals and bodily inflammation (which are: smoking, sun burns, stress and EXERCISE). Yes – be sure to replenish your body with plenty of natural anti-oxidants after exercise (Top anti-inflammatory-foods). Judiciously use ergogenic supplements if your natural sources are inadequate (Doctor’s supervision).
- Don’t Eat Crap, As Younger Next Year (Crowley and Dodge) assert. Well, you can and should go off the reservation occasionally. Then get back to the reservation!
- Avoid Falling by getting (keeping) your toes, feet, lower legs strong and stable (BALANCE)
- Be social – find kedges to pursue (again thanks to Crowley and Dodge) – see Kedges – Younger Next Year
- Get your Heart Rate lower. See Your Heart Rate and Lifespan estimated
- MOVE . . .
A pretty good reminder can be viewed @: increase your life expectancy
Yours in Boomer Wellness,