If you want to make it to living 230 or more years like I do, first you have to live to 100. Given the current early state of longevity science, this requires generous application of conventional wisdom as well willingness to be an early adopter of new knowledge involving the molecular bio-genetics of aging. Much of the focus in my anti-aging firewalls treatise is on the latter, the new exciting high-tech stuff. But, only glimmerings of the research knowledge which will allow me to live to 230 years exist right now. My game in anti-aging firewalls approach is to live long enough based on existing knowledge that I can take advantage of new knowledge as it emerges to get me there.
Exercise is key according to the conventional wisdom of longevity. Books and articles on this topic abound, and this story appearing this morning seems to summarize it. I have only only one problem with this story. The author says about Jeanne Calment, of Arles, France, the longest-living person on record who lived 122 years:
“A few good habits can overcome some bad ones. Calment attributed her long life and good health to her habit of taking long walks virtually every day and drinking a glass or two of red wine each night. She rode a bicycle until she was 100. But Calment also smoked until she was 117 and consumed two pounds of chocolate a week.”
I agree that the smoking was a bad habit. However, the strong antioxidant polyphenols in the chocolate probably helped a lot rather than hurt.
I make sure that I have at least 47 minutes of mildly cardiovascular exercise every day, swimming or treadmilling if I don’t get it shoveling snow or through other activities. Why 47 minutes? It is quite arbitrary. I started out 30 minutes four years ago and slowly bumped the amount of time up to 47 minutes and then stabilized there.