One of the biggest factors that determine how well you age is how well you live. No one really wants to think about aging, but let's face it: the habits you practice now can play a role in how long you'll live, and how much life you'll have in your years. Those who have lived to blow out 100 candles, however, say they've used other strategies for achieving their old age.

Advice from 9 people who live over 100 years.

Eat right (Alexander Imich) 

Alexander Imich of New York City was born the same year that the Yankees played their first season and more than a year before theNew York Subways opened for business. In May 2014, a month before his death, the111-year-old told NBC New York that he stayed in tip-top shape with a lifetime of healthy eating and abstinence from alcohol. His diet included chicken and fish, and he spent his younger years swimming and participating in gymnastics. This is very confusing today because it seems what is healthy keeps changing. But the basics are pretty consistent: Avoid junk food; limit prepared foods (restaurant and takeout), sugary drinks and sodas; eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If possible, eat organically-grown fruits and vegetables to minimize exposure to pesticides. 

Live with love (Susannah Mushatt Jones)

Susannah Mushatt Jones held the title of world's oldest person until she died in May 2016 at age 116. She said she has always kept up on her sleep and held a steady diet of bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast. Her family told USA Today that her longevity came from her love of family and generosity to others. She lived most of her life with love. Seeing what you love, having what you love, doing what you love with people you love releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, another stress reliever. 

Celebrate Everyday (Ruth Coben) 

Even in her 100s, New York City resident RuthCoben who live for 103years lifts weights, practices Pilates once a week, and has been known to show off her fashion chops online. She told Advanced Style, a fashion blog that features senior women, that her motto for long life is to celebrate every day and not look at the calendar. She also believed that as long as you are able to move, you can do some form of exercise. Keeping your mind and body physically fit can stave off some conditions that can cut life short. Not only is exercise good for the heart, but working out can trigger the release of endorphins, pain-relieving chemicals known to boost your mood. Shoot for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, per the CDC. 

Mix and mingle (Jett Kay) 

Don't think that most of the 100+ clubs are sitting at home bored. They may not be out clubbing, but they definitely get out and mingle. Downing Jett Kay, 108, who lives in Towson, MD, has a motto: "Make new friends but keep the old ones." She's involved in her church, a women's organization, her community, and a weekly group meet-up to discuss current events, and she makes it a priority to spend time with family and friends. People who have ongoing social interactions— who are able to share their happiness and sorrow and who have companionship — tend to live longer. This does not mean chat rooms and Facebook. It means sitting in a room with real people. Volunteering, participating, and sharing are life-extenders. 

Do lots of walking (George Boggess)

After serving in World War II, marching with Martin Luther King Jr., and serving at the D.C. Superior Court, George Boggess lived to 104. His advice for living a long life: lots of walking. "I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down," he told Washington's Top News in 2013. People who are physically active for about7 hours a week have a 40% lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than30 minutes a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Treat People Right and Have a sense of humor (Gertrude Weaver and Emiliano Mercado)

Gertrude Weaver, one of the last surviving people born in the 1800s when she passed in April 2015, credited her 116 years to simply being kind. Her advice for a long life: "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you," she told time in 2014. Mercado credited his longevity to his sense of humor was probably responsible for his long life, and he would tell jokes and humorous anecdotes almost to the end of his days. He also claimed that lunch, boiled corn, codfish, and milk cream-like dish, which he ate every day as a habit also help his long life. He would not elaborate on details of his love life, but would humorously hint about them: in one of the many interviews he gave to PuertoRican media, Mercado claimed to have been at the “dancing club” (a euphemism fora bordello) owned by Isabel la Negra the day she was assassinated. 

Free yourself from stress (Emma Morano)

Emma Morano, who was the world's oldest person until she passed in April 2017, said ending her abusive marriage in 1938 contributed to her longevity. "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she told The New York Times. Chronic stress can lower your immunity and contribute to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Reducing your stress—by writing in a journal, talking to a supportive family member or friend, exercising, engaging in relaxing activities, or seeking professional help—may help prolong your life. 

Get adequate Sleep (Dorothy Cammon)

Dorothy Cammon, 100, who lives at Atria SeniorLiving's Vista Del Rio location in Albuquerque, NM, says while hard work and determination have helped her live so long, beauty sleep has also played an important part. "Getting adequate sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it can benefit your heart and mind," she says. 

Practice Religious Act (Adelina Domingues) 

Adelina Domingues, who passed away at age114, never fractured a bone, didn't take any medications, and never needed to go to the hospital. The secret to her longevity? Never wearing makeup. "I've never been to a beauty shop and I've never been vain," she told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Her Union-Tribune obituary also claimed that she never smoked or drank and considered religion to be her best medicine. Much religious advice is for nothing but to keep us safe. Save from danger, from problems and so many things that can actually shorten your lifespan. Do you wish to live long? Follow some of the above advice.

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