There is an old saying that goes “you are only as young as you feel.” It is meant to be an admonition to remaining vibrant and youthful in your heart and soul as a way to remain physically and mentally youthful.
We just found an awesome video on YouTube of a man who is celebrating his one hundredth birthday by slipping into his dancing shoes and cutting a rug. You are going to love this video when you watch it.
Charleston, South Carolina is home to one really spunky old man. Morris “Swede” Rovick celebrated his one-hundredth birthday this past December in grand style. In this video from his party, we get to watch as the centenarian boogies down to the classic Earth Wind And Fire smash “September.”
Rovick, or as his friends and family call him, Swede, still manages to live independently and goes to work every day at the family business, George’s Loan and Music Company.
Michele Bayme, his nephew’s wife says “He always loves to dance. He’s always the first one one dance floor at parties. Everyone knows him and loves him. He’s a card.”
Rovick has experienced a life of momentous occasions, having been born on the eve of the US intervention in the First World War. He has lived through depressions, recessions, wars, the space race, and even the information age. Earlier in 2016, he lost his lifelong partner, Dora.
But after living through one of the most remarkable centuries in history, Rovick is showing no signs of slowing down.
As his hundredth birthday party wound down, he told his guests “See you at my 125th birthday!”
If you want to live to be one hundred years old, there are lots of things you can do, but you have to start planning for it now, not tomorrow.
One thing people think of when they think of a healthy, long life is diet. It is true that eating right can keep you fit, but eating right does not mean giving up on tasty food and drink, it just means being smart about what you eat. Lean proteins and certain kinds of fats are essential to helping the body repair itself, and for vitamins and micronutrients, you can not beat fresh vegetables. It important to eat a balanced diet that includes all of these and carbohydrates as well, but portion control is critical also.
Living to one hundred also means staying physically active. Your body was designed hundreds of thousands of years ago to living on the run. It has only been in the last five hundred years that sitting on your rump all day became an occupation. Rovick proves that dancing is a great way to keep moving. There is never a time in your life when kicking back and doing nothing all day long is a good idea.
The last thing you need to think about is mental health. By remaining active and socializing regularly, you increase the chances of living longer. If you are retired, go back to school to learn a new language, or even a new trade. And put down that remote control and pick up a book. Staying mentally sharp and happy is almost more important than physical exercise.
Do you know someone who has lived to one hundred years or more? Please share their stories with us here.