Archive for May 11th, 2010

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I found such a cool site I have to share it with you! You notice that I post a lot about nutrition fitness and overall wellness to help you learn how to better take care of yourself. Well, what’s the point of all that anyway–good nutrition, fitness and health? Trust me it’s not to save the government and my insurance company money (although it will). Maintaining good health contributes to:

• a better quality of life

• less dis-ease and hospital stays

• the ability to be more active and productive (sure, some sick people work but not as efficiently)

• a longer life

By now you are likely saying, OK, Sue get on with it, what’s this cool site already? It’s called Living to 100.com. And it provides you with a really nifty life expectancy calculator. What’s so cool about it? Well, for starters, I think entering in some data and finding out your projected life expectancy is pretty cool. Even better, once you calculated your projected age, the feedback section goes through each lifestyle area and explains what you are doing well and where you need to improve.
In one test you can easily see how all the fitness and nutrition and other wellness choices you make impacts your life expectancy. It’s a great way to see how simple changes in your daily life can impact your health and longevity. And the feedback section provides links to other links about specific elements of your health like calcium supplementation, quitting smoking and exercise info.

Dr. Perls Creator of the Life Expectancy Calculator

I took the test and it said I will live to be 96 if I continue to maintain all my healthy lifestyle habits. Of course it also told me I can add a few years to my life by working less, exercising more and taking an aspirin a day. Should I go for 100? Looks like I better do a better job of financial planning for my later years  since I may live quite a long timer!

Take the test yourself and see what it tells you about your lifestyle choices and where you can improve to increase your projected longevity. Use the calculator here.

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