Jeanne Calment was a French woman who lived in Arles and holds the title for the longest confirmed human lifespan in history – she lived longer than anyone ever did on our planet. She died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. What were the secrets to her longevity? What can we learn about this woman’s lifestyle that will help us live a long and healthy life? Let’s learn more about her and her life and see what tips will arise.
1. Eat Moderately
Supposedly, Jeanne ate two pounds of chocolate every week and poured olive oil on all of her food. We should all learn from her that it is OK to indulged ourselves, but always be balanced about it. There’s one more interesting detail about this record breaking lady: she smoked from the age of 21 to 117 – but it was only two cigarettes a day. Maybe the answer really is in moderation!
2. Don’t get Stressed
This one’s hard, very hard. In this day and age it is almost impossible to be stress free – whether it is work, traffic or the internet, the modern society’s fuse is pretty short. Jeanne Calment never had to work a single day in her life and dedicated all of her free time to leisure activities and hobbies. Right now you’re having an Aha! moment. We did too when we learnt about this. If you are in the lucky 0.5 percent of people who don’t have to work a day in their life, then you’re set, but if you’re not, try at least to do something you love and just take it easy.
3. Be Positive
She was fun-loving, positive and with a smile on her face all the time. Stressing over problems and being negative will negatively affect the state of your health.
4. Have Good Genes
Although this isn’t really a tip you could just take away with you, it really is important to have good genes. Jeanne’s father and mother died at 100 and 86, respectively. They weren’t genetically predisposed to heart diseases, diabetes or cancer. If you are worried about all these illnesses, then make sure you get yourself checked at least once a year.
As if to teach all of us a lesson about how you’re never too old to start something, Jeanne took up fencing at the age of 85 and rode her bike until she was 100 years old. She was slim, but not athletic; she enjoyed walking and had been into sports, such as tennis, roller-skating, swimming and cycling, her entire life.