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Live to 120: Expert Details Prescriptions for Extreme Longevity

Live to 120: Expert Details Prescriptions for Extreme Longevity

By    |   Sunday, 21 January 2018 08:34 PM

Want to increase your odds of living to celebrate your 100th birthday — and beyond? A new book details a handful of simple physical, mental, and spiritual maneuvers throughout the day that can double your life expectancy and increase your chances of living to 120.

That’s the solution offered by renowned philosopher and educator Ilchi Lee in his new book.

“Planning for a fulfilling old age should be as normal as planning a career path or contributing to a retirement fund,” says Ilchi Lee, a New York Times best-selling author and creator of many mind-body training methods whose latest book, “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years,” offers a prescription for longevity.

He maintains that too many people don’t have goals or planned activities for their 70s, 80s, or beyond. From his early youth in South Korea, he has worked to train his body to gain a sense of peace, and healthy living.

“I’ve made a clear, unwavering decision that I will live to 120 years of age,” Lee says.

Although he emphasizes that he doesn’t know when his final day of life will come, he believes such a life is possible because people are now living longer than ever before.

Lee notes that a 2015 United Nations study revealed that there were some 500,000 people over the age of 100 throughout the world.

“That’s a fourfold increase from 20 years ago, and it is predicted that the number will increase even more rapidly in the future,” says Lee, 67, noting his own father died at age 94.

For people reaching their middle years, the key elements to living a long, productive life revolve around body, mind, and spirit — staying physically active, finding a purpose no matter how late in life, and connecting with nature for fulfillment and a feeling of unity with the divine or the universe “to feel what is going on inside us.”

Dr. Reed Tuckson, a leading voice on healthcare issues and spokesman for Lee’s book, says he uses it “as part of my own personal journey.”

People shouldn’t necessarily look at health as absence of disease but as physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, he adds.

“In Ilchi Lee’s book, he tries to motivate us and provide tips on those three aspects,” explains Tuckson, founder of Tuckson Health Connections and advisory committee member of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Physical activity doesn’t have to be viewed as strenuous or painful. Some people are even put off by exercise because of expensive gym memberships or fancy equipment needed.

One of Lee’s unique alternatives is doing one-minute exercises every hour, such as hand exercises while sitting down, just waving your hands in the air, moving around, doing jumping jacks, taking the stairs now and then, or doing a few push-ups against the sink.

“That makes exercise become a normal part of my life and it’s also a fun thing to do,” Tuckson explains.

Simple walking can also be instrumental as meditation and prayer for mental and spiritual activity.

“Walking is a fabulous exercise and very simple to do, and returns great benefits,” Tuckson says, adding that Lee takes it another step further by using walking “to calm the mind and focus on deeper meaning in ourselves and relationship to the divine.”

Those peaceful moments lead to defining a new purpose in life so you are not bogged down by regrets of the past and can look at life as always moving forward.

“We really need to focus back on the larger issues, internal issues, our spiritual life, and our relationship to our creator and other entities. Then we notice a peacefulness, a calmness, and that is a state most of us would rather be in,” Tuckson notes.

He adds that connecting the body, mind, and spirit helps unlock our sense of purpose “to the world around us and the people in that world, and translate our good intentions into action.”

Improving physical, mental, and spiritual health gets people more involved in activities with family, neighbors, and friends to help transform the whole community.

“One thing I enjoy now in my 60s, I now think about having a whole other life. All of a sudden, I’m feeling more optimistic and engaged,” Tuckson adds.

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