Simple Rules to Follow if You Want to Live to 100

1 Go for whole grains

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There are plenty of good reasons to upgrade some (or better yet, all) of your bread, pasta, rice, and cereal to whole grain versions. You get lots more healthy fiber, which helps you stay fuller longer and moderate blood sugar levels. But by eating more whole grains you also might give yourself a boost toward living to 100. In one study, the people who ate at least servings a day of whole grains had a 20 percent lower risk of death than those who ate little or no whole grains. And it’s easy to add more whole grains to your diet—here’s how.

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Maintain a healthy weight

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Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for several of the diseases that could get in the way of you living to 100—such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Not surprisingly, it’s also linked to an increased risk of mortality. To stay healthy and live longer, strive to keep your body mass index in the healthy zone between 18.5 and 24.9.

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Spend more time in nature

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Healthier people tend to live in healthier places—places where they’re surrounded by, or at least have easy access to—green spaces. Studies have found that spending more time in nature can reduce depression, make you more active and also mean you’re exposed to less harmful pollution. Some scientists even believe that time in nature can actually change how the brain works, improving your ability to think clearly and solve problems. Now that you know these rules, add these habits into your life to help you live to 100, too.

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