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Secrets To Long Life From The World’s Oldest People

Secrets To Long Life From The World’s Oldest People

With the plethora of health information available, it is difficult to sift through all the avenues of resources and find advice you feel confident with. Well, instead of learning from trial and error, let’s learn through the wise words from some of the oldest people that have ever lived!

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    Jeanne Calment – 122 years

    Born in 1875, this super-centenarian had the pleasure of meeting Vincent Van Gogh. She credits her longevity to an olive oil rich diet and a calm demeanor, stating, “That’s why they call me Calment.” Interestingly, she claims that she drank port wine and ate over two pounds of chocolate a week.

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      Jiroemon Kimura – 116 years

      Born in 1897, Jiroemon Kimura holds the record for the world’s oldest man that ever lived. He stressed the importance of exercising every day, consuming smaller portions, and maintaining a positive outlook on life. When questioned how he lived so long, he humbly replied, “I could not make it on my own strength. It’s because of the strength of everyone around me.”

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        Sara Knauus – 119 years

        Knauus was born in 1880. She died on December 30th, 1999, just one day shy of experiencing her 3rd century. When her 96 year-old daughter was asked how Knauus has been able to live so long, she simply said, “She’s a very tranquil person and nothing fazes her. That’s why she’s living this long.”

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          Maria Esther de Capovilla – 116 years

          Sharing the same birth year as Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, Maria Esther de Capovilla was born in 1889. She drank in moderation, ate small-portioned meals, and never smoked. Her daughter Irva attributed her mother’s longevity to her tranquility, “She always had a very tranquil character. She does not get upset by anything. She has been that way her whole life.”

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            Susannah Mushatt Jones – 116 years

            Born in 1899, Jones is one of only two verified living people to have born before the turn of the 19th century. She says that she never drank alcohol, smoked, partied, died her hair, or wore makeup. Additionally, she sleeps at least ten hours a night and naps during the day. Her favorite food? Bacon, which she eats throughout the day.

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              Emma Morano – 116 years

              Ms. Morano, born in 1899, is the only other living person verified to have experienced the 19th century. She is also the oldest Italian person to have ever lived. She believes her long life is due to two reasons: she eats three raw eggs a day and has been single the majority of her life, ever since a 1938 divorce.

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                Misao Okawa – 117

                Okawa was born in 1898 and lived in Japan her entire life. She credits her longevity to sleep and eating delicious food. Two of her favorites were ramen noodles and sushi. When asked how she managed to live so long, she simply replied, “I wonder about that too.”

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                  Gertrude Weaver – 116

                  Born in 1898, Ms. Gertrude Weaver was one of six children. Her parents were sharecroppers. She credited her trust in God, loving everybody, and hard work as the key components that led to a long healthy life. Additionally, she claimed to have only eaten her own cooking.

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                    Nikola Tesla – 86

                    Why is Nikola Tesla on the list of the world’s oldest people even though he only lived eighty-six years? Because this man may have experienced more time awake than any other person in modern history. Due to his polyphasic sleep pattern, Tesla is said to have only slept an average of two hours a night, coupled with small naps throughout the day. In addition to his bizarre sleeping habits, Tesla never consumed meat, drank two quarts of milk a day, and eschewed all stimulants including tea and coffee.

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                    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                    1. Exercise Daily

                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                    • Eat more veggies
                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                      6. Start Slow

                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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