Published On: May 12 2013 11:45:47 PM CDTUpdated On: May 14 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT
To what do centenarians attribute their long lives? Exercise? Wine? Bacon?
Misao Okawa, the world's oldest living woman at 115 years old, says the secret to a long life is to "watch out for one’s health." Take a look at these quirky tricks people who have lived past 100 swear by.
Pearl Cantrell, 105, attributes her long and healthy life to bacon.
Cantrell also says she still sews, goes to church, and goes out dancing on Saturday nights.
Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at age 122, never let her age get in the way of doing whatever she wanted. She took up fencing at 85, rode her bike until she was 100 and didn't even quit smoking until she was 117.
Calment also credits olive oil with helping her stay young. She poured it on her food and used on her skin.
Calment, and several other centenarians, also credit drinking wine and eating chocolate every week with helping them retain their youth.
Helen Reichert, 109, chalks her advanced age to knowing how to bounce back from stress. After life's curve balls, Reichert dusts herself off and moves on. emphasizing the importance of letting stress go.
Vivian Henschke, 109, smoked for most of her life, had two cocktails before dinner nearly every night, and ate whatever she wanted, according to her daughter. She lived to a ripe old age because she "did what ever I wanted."
Louis Charpentier, 100, worked as a landscaper and has always exercised all while staying active in his community.
Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, 115, credits having a keen sense of humor and a love for laughter and smiles for his long and healthy life.
Irving Kahn, 107, is the world's oldest stockbroker, starting on Wall Street in 1928. He reads three newspapers a day, watches C-Span and read thousands of books, all of them non-fiction.
Lille Magette, 101, claims that the secret to a long life is simple: doing what you love and celebrating your life. She says that her love of knowledge, travel, and fitness keeps her young. "I've had a beautiful life, and I love everyone."
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