Big news for anyone born after the year 2000: They'll probably live to 100, according to research from Denmark. That's roughly 20 years longer than the life expectancy of the rest of us. But we could live that long, too, says Dr. Walter Bortz II, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University: "What's holding us back are bad habits."
Luck and genetics play roles in longevity, of course, but you can't control that. To hike your odds of hitting 100, focus on what you can do, like loading up on fruits and veggies (add five years), working out five days a week (add two to four years), and cutting down on stress (may add up to six years). Keep clicking for tips from our friends at Health.com...
A new study suggests that yoga boosts your body awareness, and that can help you eat less. Which poses are best? We love the Reverse Warrior (next slide), which also strengthens abs and legs and stretches thighs and hips. For more yoga moves, try the YogaWorks for Everybody: Body Slim DVD ($14.98).
1. Take a large step with your right foot; turn foot so it's perpendicular to left foot. Bend your right knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor.
2. Turn your right arm so palm faces up; lift right arm up and over head. Reach right hand toward left side while sliding left hand down as low on your left leg as you can. Repeat on left side, and hold for 20 seconds on each side.
3. Do 2 poses on each side 3 times a week to drop extra pounds.
Fend off colds with this immune-boosting Puerh Tea Toddy from Health nutrition guru and registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth. Puerh tea is thought to boast more disease-fighting antioxidants than the better-known green tea. It's earthy and rich, with a slight coffeelike taste.
Puerh Tea Toddy
Pour steaming hot water over a puerh tea bag (Numi makes a great one; available at Whole Foods and NumiTea.com) and 2 strips lemon zest. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and 2 teaspoons honey (plus a splash of whiskey, if you want a kick). Drink while hot.
So far they haven't proven that Facebook makes you sharper, but Tetris just might. Scientists at The Mind Research Network in New Mexico found that playing the 25-year-old falling-blocks video game for 30 minutes a day leads to greater brain efficiency. Download the Tetris app to your iPhone ($4.99) or play it for free at FreeTetris.org
This five-day plan on the next slide from well-known nutrition coach Jackie Keller includes lean protein plus fruit, dairy, fiber, and whole grains. It's OK to swap lunch and dinner, but eat these foods every day and add your favorite daily exercise.