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How long will you live?

Here’s a challenge for YOU.
In a 2018 study, an international group of researchers led by scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that adopting five healthy habits could extend life expectancy by 14 years for women and by 12 years for men: eating a diet high in plants and low in fats. This was featured in the January edition of TIME Magazine last year.

The keys to longevity are;

  • Eating a diet high in plants and low in fats
  • Exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for several hours a week
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Not smoking
  • Consuming no more than one alcoholic drink a day

But should we be merely focussed on the health disciplines to hedge our chance for longer life, or also the ‘impact’ or ‘legacy’ that we will leave? Joan of Arc changed history and died at age 19, Martin Luther King lived to 39, Mozart until 35, John Lennon till 40 and we ALL enjoy Easter and Christmas holidays as-a-result of one short life lived 2,000 years ago.

The challenge therefore could be, not to live longer as a self-centred goal, but to celebrate the disciplines of longevity by being enabled with time and physical ability to make an even greater positive difference to the world.

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