Want to Be 100? Sleep and Eat Right

Spirituality and socializing also help

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2012 1:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – What can you do to live for more than a century? Researchers from UnitedHealthCare surveyed a group of centenarians and collected advice on achieving longevity. Here are their tips, courtesy of SmartMoney:

  • Get ample sleep: 71% of centenarians snooze for 8 hours or more per night.
  • Eat balanced meals: More than 80% of centenarians regularly consume a well-rounded meal.
  • Stay Social: 89% of centenarians communicate with a relative or friend daily.
  • Keep your spirits high: Two thirds of centenarians engage in spiritual activity, such as praying or meditating.
Check out more survey results here.

There were 72,000 centenarians in the US in 2010. By 2050, there could be more than 600,000.
There were 72,000 centenarians in the US in 2010. By 2050, there could be more than 600,000.   (Shutterstock)
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