Advice from US Presidents on How to Live a Long Life
Posted on July 22, 2015
You’ve seen our presidents aging before your eyes. Barack Obama’s skin has aged and his hair is graying
rapidly (although the first lady remains timeless). George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both went fully gray by the time they
left the office. It seems that with all of the stress, the president ages twice
as fast than the average person. But is that really true?
In spite of their gray hair, many US presidents have lived
long past the national average! What was thought to be the most stressful jobs
in the world may actually have some key secrets to living a long, healthy life.
How Long Do Presidents Live?
In the 19th century, when the average man died at
age 47, John Adams lived to be 90! And he was not the only one to make it to
the 90s. Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan both lived to be 93.
The record for living the longest out of office belonged to
Herbert Hoover—31 years—until Jimmy Carter, now 90, broke that record with 34
years out of office. George H.W. Bush, who is currently 91, is still extremely
active and went skydiving just last year.
The presidents are obviously doing something right. So, what
are the secrets that keep the President healthy in and out of the oval office?
Living in the White House has its perks. The president has a
kitchen staff preparing fresh, healthy meals on a daily basis. A full kitchen
is stocked with everything a president could want.
You may not have your own personal chef, but you can take
initiative and cook healthy meals of your own. If that seems like too much work,
enlist the help of a meal delivery service. They deliver a fresh meal straight to
your door. Depending on the company, you can choose ready to eat meals or meals
that are measured out and ready to cook.
Great Health Care
While in office, the president is constantly in the presence
of a doctor, with medical teams close by and ready to go. They receive the best
medical care with constant attentiveness. No symptom goes ignored or unnoticed.
Even after presidency, they have Secret Service details that always have an EMT
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The fact the regular exercise helps lead to a long healthy
life isn’t top secret. Nearly every president has partaken in regular exercise.
Carter jogged on a daily basis. Ford skiied and had an
outdoor pool built at the White House so he could swim. Reagan worked out
regularly in the White House gym and chopped wood at his ranch. Adams walked
four miles and swam daily.
With the stress of the job, exercise helps presidents clear
their head and keep their sanity. You might not be running a country, but you
too can experience the health and mental benefits of exercise. Combine a
healthy diet, good health care and regular exercise and you are already on your
way to a long, healthy life.
Being a president has to be one of the most stressful jobs
in the world. Although stress takes a toll on the body, how well you adjust to
stressful situations determines how much it affects you. How you view stress can
completely change the effect it has on your body. The more in control you are of
your stress, the more you can use it to your advantage. When you embrace stress
and do not minimize it, it can fuel you.
Turn stress into positive anxiety to perform better under
pressure. You need to recognize what your worry is and adjust your mindset.
Reframe how you view the stress and focus on what you can control. Train your
body to adapt to stressful situations so the effects of stress can lead to a
Don’t Slow Down
Presidents tend to be A-type personalities - ambitious, highly
status-oriented, with the tendency to take on more than they can handle.
Basically, they are workaholics. And they don’t slow down after they’ve left
the White House.
Determination to do something meaningful is a useful
longevity strategy. Nixon lived two decades after his presidency, writing books
and opening a research institute. In 2002 Carter received a Nobel Peace Prize
for his ongoing efforts to improve live all around the world.
We can take lead from their community involvement. Getting
involved in meaningful work keeps you going and can elongate your life. After
retiring, sitting around does not challenge you enough mentally. Undertaking
projects after retiring will give you purpose and keep your mind sharp.
Live life like a President
We can all take a hint from our former presidents. Their
lifestyle allows them to live long, healthy lives well past their days in
office. Maybe you can’t be the president of the United States, but you can take
tips from the presidential lifestyle to stay health and feel better.
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