10 Tips To Live Longer

Dr. David B. Agus shares tips on how to make sure you live to be an old person.

1. Eat real food.

That’s right, the holidays are over. No more ginger bread cookie men!

2. Get naked.

Spot trouble on the horizon early by inspecting your skin and taking a visual inventory. Then you can avoid becoming Dan St. Germain. Maybe you’ll even get into John Mayer’s music! But probably not.

3. Pursue your passions.

Maybe you love to paint, maybe you are a natural at gardening, maybe you love choreographed dances to Aaliyah’s “Try Again.” (DAMN, that is a good song.) Whatever it is, just do it!

4. Be Optimistic.

Studies have shown that being more positive can have dramatic effects on health. So if you approach problems optimistically (or at least with a cackle a la Rob Lowe), you might just live longer than someone who always looks at the downside. And come on, look at this guy, he’s looked like that for 30 years!

5. Find out what exercise or activity you’re bad at and focus on it.

You’d be surprised what you can discover if you try something outside of your natural comfort zone. It is a stimulant to the mind AND body, keeping your brain sharp into old age.

6. Never skip breakfast.

Barring an extreme natural aberration, you will never wake up rail thin if you weren’t that way when you went to bed. Eating breakfast speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day.

7. Have the toughest conversation.

No, not this one! You know the one. Talk to your family about what to do if anything should happen to you. What wishes or instructions do you want to leave for loved ones?

8. Pick up a pooch.

Walking a dog compels you to move and taking care of their needs forces you into a reliable routine, which affects your mental and physical well being as much as theirs.

9. Make your own definition of health.

Come up with your own set of standards and measure your progress by adhering to them.

10. And, whatever you do, stop juicing!

What are you doing blending chicken anyway?! That’s disgusting. The juice from a juicer becomes processed, losing fiber and nutrients. If you want to be strong, just grill the chicken and eat it, weirdo.

Learn more about how to live a long life

In his bestselling book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, Dr. David B. Agus shared what he has learned from his work, revealing the innovative steps he takes to prolong the lives of all those hoping to enjoy a vigorous, lengthy life.

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