Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – There are several habits you can practice to help you live a long, healthy, and happy life. At least that’s what the 100-year-old oldest doctor and neurologist in the world, dr. Howard Tucker.
According to him, good genes and luck can indeed help a person reach a lasting age. However, the right lifestyle also plays an important role.
“There are some lifestyle rules that I have lived for the last century,” he said.
In full, here are some tips for a long and happy life like Dr. Tucker reported by CNBC Make It.
Avoiding Smoking Habits
It’s no longer a secret, smoking is one of the main triggers for various disease problems, such as lung disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, and cholesterol.
Therefore, this doctor who was born in 1922 really avoids the habit of smoking so that the health of his organs is maintained so that he can live a long and happy life.
“In the 1930s, I asked my father for permission to smoke, he said ‘I don’t mind if you smoke, but why would anyone want to put anything other than fresh air into their lungs when life is so short?'” says dr. . Tucker explained his background in refusing to smoke.
According to a study published by the University of Cambridge, doing exercise, at least walking for 15 minutes can reduce the risk of early death by 25 percent.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Tucker said that he never limited himself to many things, one of which was eating his favorite food. According to him, it could make him happier.
“There really isn’t a secret to longevity. However, we live every day and die once, so we have to make the most of the time we have,” he said.
Despite being a century old, Tucker is a figure who is still active in sports. Tucker admits that he continued swimming, jogging, hiking and skiing into his late 80s to maintain his physical health.
“Even though I don’t ski anymore and am not as active as I used to be, I try to still exercise every day. Within a week, I work out on a treadmill for at least three miles and use a high speed,” said dr. tucker.
Don’t Waste Knowledge
for dr. Tucker, sharing the knowledge he has has a significant effect on his happiness. Because, he also gained a lot of new learning in life from the surrounding environment.
“I have participated in an upcoming documentary about my life. It’s been great fun sharing stories from my long career with the next generation,” he said.
The figure who was named the world’s oldest practicing doctor by the Guinness World Records said that one of the secrets to his lifestyle was not deciding to retire and continuing to work.
“During the pandemic, I treated patients for five or six days a week. Then, I switched to teaching medical residents up to three days a week,” said dr. Tucker, who is still practicing at the age of 100.
“When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my four children and ten grandchildren, like playing in the snow and watching Cleveland sports,” he added.
In this case, Tucker advises people who love their careers and can still work to consider delaying retirement. This is because most people who are retired and passive in their daily routine are at high risk of experiencing cognitive decline.
Well, there are some tips that you can do if you want to live a long life. I hope this helps!