3 Surprising Habits Of People Who Live To Be 90

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In 2013, The 90+ Study set out to collect long-term data about the health routines of those who live to be over 90. By performing neurological and neuropsychological tests on more than 1,600 participants over time, the study painted a complete picture of the mind-body building blocks of longevity. The longitudinal study continues to yield interesting findings. Here are a few top takeaways:

1. One to two alcoholic beverages a day promoted longevity.

One of the most surprising ones being that alcohol may promote longevity. Yep, moderate drinkers who enjoyed two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death. This further supports previous reports that certain alcoholic beverages like red wine promote heart and brain health.

2. Hobbies are beneficial.

Maintaining a hobby was another key to long-term health, and those who spent two hours a day on their hobby were 21 percent less likely to pass away prematurely. This is likely because engaging in hobbies has been found to lower heart rate and relieve stress.

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3. Exercise is key.

Fifteen to 45 minutes of exercise every day seemed to prolong life expectancy too. Who's up to go on a run, do some knitting, and enjoy a glass of red wine?

Check out a few other science-backed keys to longevity here.

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