On the conventional wisdom of exercise

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.

About Vince Giuliano

Being a follower, connoisseur, and interpreter of longevity research is my latest career. I have been at this part-time for well over a decade, and in 2007 this became my mainline activity. In earlier reincarnations of my career. I was founding dean of a graduate school and a university professor at the State University of New York, a senior consultant working in a variety of fields at Arthur D. Little, Inc., Chief Scientist and C00 of Mirror Systems, a software company, and an international Internet consultant. I got off the ground with one of the earliest PhD's from Harvard in a field later to become known as computer science. Because there was no academic field of computer science at the time, to get through I had to qualify myself in hard sciences, so my studies focused heavily on quantum physics. In various ways I contributed to the Computer Revolution starting in the 1950s and the Internet Revolution starting in the late 1980s. I am now engaged in doing the same for The Longevity Revolution. I have published something like 200 books and papers as well as over 430 substantive.entries in this blog, and have enjoyed various periods of notoriety. If you do a Google search on Vincent E. Giuliano, most if not all of the entries on the first few pages that come up will be ones relating to me. I have a general writings site at www.vincegiuliano.com and an extensive site of my art at www.giulianoart.com. Please note that I have recently changed my mailbox to vegiuliano@agingsciences.com.
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