Consuming Less in Moderation = Living Longer

ModerationI recently  wrote about spending less and my happiness level.  In that post I mentioned that I am happy spending less and the key to my happiness was keeping a balance in my spending.  What I mean is that I didn’t  cut everything fun out of my budget I just spend less in each category. And so I’m still able to enjoy the fun things in moderation.

After writing this post I watched a 60 minutes report about the 90+ study.  The study follows the lives of men and women in their 90s to determine what allowed them to live into their 90s and beyond.  The findings were that most of these 90+ men and women were not really doing anything extreme rather they lived their lives in moderation.

Here are some of the results I found interesting:

  • Exercise helps you live longer. No surprise there but the interesting thing is that all you need is 15 minutes a day and 45 minutes was the best.   Not even 3 hours beat 45 minutes a day.  The other interesting thing about this is that you can split those 45 minutes up through out the day.  Hmmm…maybe you don’t need that Gym membership after all.   A little yard work/gardening, a little walk, a little bike ride and you’re Done!
  • Socializing is one of the best things you can do to live a longer life.   Enjoy those times you get to go out or invite friends over
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol helps you live longer!  And best of all, it’s not just wine, it can be any alcohol
  • Caffeine Lover?  Enjoying 1 to 3 cups a day will help you live longer
  • Gaining weight?  Well, guess what? It’s good to be a little overweight when your older. So, enjoy that dessert.
  • Oh and Vitamins….they really don’t do much for you

Everything in moderation. Can it really be that simple?  Well I think we have the proof we need from these 90+ men and women.

I know that being able to keep those few fun things in my budget have really made it easier for me to pay down my debt. I mean it’s not fun being miserable and it appears that you will live longer if you don’t take extreme measures. So, I think I’ll continue my strategy of consuming less in moderation.

This was a very interesting article. You should check it out.  Here is the link.

Are you living life in moderation?  Are you consuming less in moderation?  Do you think extremes are ok? Do you want to live to 90 and beyond?

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Consuming Less in Moderation = Living Longer — 26 Comments

  1. This is a great mindset to have. I like to think I am pretty much living my life in moderation. I don’t go too overboard with any one thing. It’s not a surprise that being active just for a little bit each day prolongs your life. I’ve been trying to incorporate walks into my daily routine again. I don’t know if I’d want to live until 90, though. I can’t imagine that many more years passing me by!
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    • Yeah, I don’t like going overboard on any one thing. Once, when I was small I ate a whole pint of vanilla ice cream and it made me sick…until this day I can’t really stand eating vanilla ice cream. 🙂

  2. This is fascinating! My hubby had a grandmother who lived until she was 94 and she smoked and drank up until the day she died. I am a big fan of moderation as the key to physical health as well as financial health and it is nice when you see confirmation of it. I am not sure that I want to live until 90, but if I do, I want to be healthy and have fun along the way.
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    • I don’t want to live until 90 if all my loved ones are gone. That would be sad. However, people are living longer and longer now thanks to advancements in medicine so it is very possible that we will live well into our 90s. It looked like most of these participants were having fun in their 90s.

  3. Interesting findings! I had a couple of great grandparents who lived into their 90s and who I was able to get to know when I was a kid. From what I know about them they also did everything in moderation.

    Also my reaction to this quote was ‘dang it, introverts are doomed!’ -> “Socializing is one of the best things you can do to live a longer life. Enjoy those times you get to go out or invite friends over”
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    • Yeah the whole socializing thing is important but I see how introverts can have an issue with that. I’m an introvert and I have a very select group of friends but I think it’s important to socialize with at least those people in your life that are important to you. It doesn’t have to be large groups. Just spend time with those that you enjoy being around.

  4. Moderation is the key and that appears to be applicable in almost anything. And yes, I agree that gym membership is not necessary if it will only hurt your pocket. I spend only 10 minutes a day going up and down the stairs for my daily dose of exercise and so far it has helped to keep the unwanted pounds away.
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    • Yeah, it’s basically saying that there is no need to do anything in an extreme way because it really won’t help you live longer. I think all sports are pretty much about putting your body through extremes and that is the risk people are willing to take if they enjoy the sport.

  5. This post resonated with me as I always tell my kids “everything in moderation” and I try to practice this in my life. Whether it be food (no fun if you can’t enjoy some good food then and again), alcohol (tipsy a bit fine, plastered .. not so much), exercise (going too hard causes injuries and where does that get you?), spending (money should be used to make your life fulfilling but don’t confuse wants as something that will make you fulfilled), well you already know…. I just had to add my 2 cents to practical cents! Hee
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    • It is a good lesson to learn early in life. Thanks for adding your two cents! 😉

  6. Well, now you have your guidelines for your daily exercise and coffee routines. I think they’re completely doable for everyone.

  7. Hey Raquel, that post was awesome by the way. Ohh, and yes, I do live in moderation. Although, I can’t say I want to live to be 90. I think when life is no longer enjoyable because of mobility issues or cognitive issues, I wouldn’t want to be around much longer. However, maybe by the time I get to be 90 medicine will have moved strides and 90 will be the new 40!
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  8. I’m actually working on a post about moderation right now. What I find is that people are really terrible at implementing moderation. They think they’re indulging here and there or “in moderation” when, in reality, they’re just justifying constant splurges. Sometimes when you’re moderation isn’t working, you need to redefine what moderation means.
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    • I can see that happening especially personal finance if the person is not tracking their spending. If he/she is eye balling the spending then there is no way of knowing if there is real moderation. The key for me is to track the spending and stick to the budgeted amounts each month.

    • It’s important to keep those choices in check when we are trying to consume less as one can easily lose track.

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