Physically caring for your body and mind requires good nutrition, healthy foods, and exercise. And when you combine them, you increase your lifespan, much like the Queen, who lived until 96 years old. She was mentally alert, sharp, keen, and physically fit. Physically fit, meaning she walked well without any device or chair. However, she maintained many good habits throughout her life that allowed her to live her golden years with vitality and vigor.
Here are some of her habits and routines that she faithfully followed.
The Queen commonly walked and hiked around her different estates and grounds. She used to walk with her dogs and ride her horses. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do as long as you do it regularly. And walking is excellent. For example, if you look at how many steps you take daily, anything above 6000 steps is considered good. And there is new research today that says walking 10,000 steps significantly cuts your risk of dementia or any neurological disease in half. And so, it seems like the Queen was in that category.
Purpose in Life
Having a sense of purpose in life definitely does something for your longevity. It seems to have a significant effect on your physical and mental health as well as your overall quality of life. There was a study that was done with 7000 adults. The researchers designed a questionnaire and asked specific questions that measured the purpose of life. They found that those with such a strong purpose in life were less likely to die early. For example, the Queen’s life was centered around her duty and service to her country. She was constantly going over official documents and attending many social gatherings and engagements well into the age of 90.
So, it seems your mind requires a sense of purpose to enhance longevity.
Earl Grey Tea
What fine English woman would say no to a cup of Earl Grey tea every morning or afternoon? This is how the queen started her mornings. Earl Grey tea is not green tea. It’s a black tea but still has incredible benefits. First, it’s great for anti-aging and the skin. And the queen had good skin for 96 years old. Also, more benefits of Earl Grey tea are it improves digestion, is great for fighting anxiety and depression, boosts your immunity, and is excellent for preventing cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. It also is a potent antioxidant to prevent oxidative stress to your skin and cells.
Dark chocolate was a favorite food of the Queen. Dark chocolate is extremely healthy. It is rich in antioxidants with flavanols and polyphenols that reduce inflammation in your body. These antioxidants also help to improve blood flow, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improve the brain’s ability to make new neurons, and boost your immune system. Dark chocolate also has a significant anti-aging effect that helps to prevent neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
It seems that the queen liked to indulge with a cocktail every night. She enjoyed drinking a dubonnet. Although alcohol is seen to have very harmful effects on your health, the key is moderation. And the Queen knew that moderation would be the key to good health.
The Queen was a dog and horse lover. She owned many of them during her lifetime. She used to walk out in nature and around her grounds with her dogs and ride her horses. According to the NIH, National Institute of Health, interacting with animals helps to reduce stress levels and decreases cortisol, which induces stress. In addition, having a pet significantly reduces loneliness and feelings of depression, boosting and positively enhancing your mood.
Spending Time in Nature
Time spent in natural settings has been shown to positively affect psychological well-being. Numerous studies show that time spent in nature creates calm and joy and can alleviate symptoms of depression that lead to neurodegenerative disorders. Being in nature, which the Queen had plenty of opportunities to do because of her fondness for strolls around her grounds, was great for her mental well-being.
Being social is an excellent way to develop good mental health. The research says that people who have strong social relationships decrease their risk of death. Because depression and loneliness increase it. The Queen maintained close relationships with her children and their families, with many politicians and advisors as well.
The Queen’s mother lived to 101 years old, so genes play an essential part in longevity. Unfortunately, her father died when he was 56, but he died because he was a heavy smoker due to lung cancer. However, research shows that if your parents have lived long into their 90s, the longevity gene succession is usually passed on to the children.
Queen Elizabeth is the icon of health and longevity. She was not frail or bound to sitting in a chair. She walked, rode horses, and was mentally able to think and do for herself. She was not even close to ever having cancer or a neurodegenerative disease like dementia that is associated with aging.