This 105-Year-Old Published Secrets To Longevity When He Was 97. Here Are 5 Of Them.

"It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules, such as lunchtime and bedtime."

Most of us want to know the secret to longevity, which is why we often ask centenarians how they've made it so far. Some have said the secret to a long life is staying single and eating bacon. Others have recommended simply eating raw eggs

Now, we're taking a look at Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan's longevity expert, and his tips for a long life. These were reported in a 2009 interview when Hinohara was 97 years old, and recently, My Modern Net resurfaced the information on their site. In July, Hinohara passed away at the age of 105

Hinohara's lifetime of work included graduating from the school of medicine at Kyoto Imperial University in 1937, and working at St. Luke's International Hospital, "where he pioneered annual physicals, introduced equipment to handle mass casualties, and advocated for a more personal and individualized approach to patients and treatment," according to My Modern Net. 

So without further ado, here are some of Hinohara's longevity tips, all sourced from The Japan Times. The tips include contributing to society, working, eating well, and living with a childlike spirit, among others. 


1. Have fun.

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"We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It's best not to tire the body with too many rules, such as lunchtime and bedtime."

2. Stay healthy.

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"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. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat."

3. Share your knowledge with others.

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"Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong."

4. Look up to someone.

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"Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. My father went to the United States in 1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would deal with the problem."

5. Work, contribute, volunteer.

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"It's wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it."

You can check out all of Hinohara's recommendations here.

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