'Don't Hang Up Your Boots Before You Turn 65' - According to Japanese 105-Year-Old Longevity Expert
When do you plan on hanging up your boots? If you're going to retire before you turn 65, you aren't likely to make a huge contribution to the longevity of your life, according to Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.
[caption id="attachment_184169" align="alignnone" width="800"] By Karsten Thormaehlen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara is credited with helping Japan break the world record in the longevity of living and establishing the building blocks of the world-renowned Japanese medicine.
Throughout his whole life, Dr. Hinohara always practiced what he preached. In his interview with the Japan Times, the doctor shared several easy-to-follow guidelines for living a healthy, joyful, and long life.
Among Hinohara's recommendations, one seems to be literally mouth-dropping. In fact, the doctor said you should never retire. Well, at least not before you turn 65.
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The expert went further, explaining that previously the retirement age in Japan wast 65, but the mean life span was only 68 then. Today though, Japanese people live much longer - in 2015 the mean life span in Japan was almost 84 years. Accordingly, they should retire much later also.
Until just several months before his death, Hinohara continued to work with his patients, working up to 18 hours daily and keeping an appointment book scheduled for five more years.
On July, 18, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara went to the next world, leaving his patients and followers precious advice to remember.
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Rediscover the energy of your youth
Remember what it was like to feel good, eat well, and get enough sleep all the time? Live without schedules but with full-blown energy that never runs its course. Hinohara believed that as children, we had fun all day long, sometimes forgetting to sleep or eat. Thus, this is the key to happiness in adulthood.
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Don't overwhelm your body with lunch or bedtime schedules, let everything have its own time. Fulfill your life with cherished memories and sincere emotions, not with failed attempts to sleep in a struggle to escape everyday stress.
Don't waste your time
Dr. Hinohara believed in the power of planning, that's why his book was filled up with appointments for five years ahead.
Let yourself have some fun, at least sometimes, but use your energy and time wisely, not wasting a minute.
Contribute to society
Live for your family and personal goals until you turn 60 years old. In your later years, it's essential to make some contribution to society to feel your worth and power.
From the age of 65, Dr. Hinohara worked as a volunteer, appreciating every minute dedicated to his noble calling.
Think what you eat
Do you know the only thing all the long-living people of different genders, races, and origins have in common? They aren't overweight. Accordingly, they think about what they eat, and food intake isn't the only thing they live for.
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Here's how Dr. Hinohara described his diet:
For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy.
For lunch, Dr. Hinohara used to have milk and a few cookies, and for dinner - veggies, some rice, and proteins.
Shortcuts won't make you live longer
The expert believed that staying healthy has nothing in common with using the elevator each time you need to go upstairs. What's more, Dr. Hinohara used to take two stairs at a time, as it kept his muscles moving.
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