I was reading an article last week saying there is a village in Italy with 300 inhabitants, and every single one of them is a centenarian. The villagers, who live in Acciaroli, a remote coastal community, have very low rates of heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and their lifestyle and diets are being researched for the very first time by the University of California in San Diego.
Researchers have so far discovered that the villagers eat a healthy Mediterranean diet—but with their own twist: they add rosemary to most meals. They also walk long distances every day and hike through the surrounding mountains as part of their daily life.
Although research has just started, I believe diet and walking plays a huge role. Sophie is half Italian and her Great Grandmother lived in Italy until 103! She did these two things and even in her later years she was relatively healthy.
100 may seem a million years away but remember what you do today will not just determine if you reach this age but, perhaps more importantly, your quality of life and health status.