If you wish to live a long, as well as healthy life, you will not want to miss what Japanese doctor Shigeaki Hinohara touted as the “secrets” to living a long life. The physician would know, as he helped to build foundations of Japanese medicine, studied longevity, as well as even lived to the ripe old age of 105.
Hinohara, who died on the 18th of July, 2017, was the chairman emeritus of St. Luke’s International University, as well as the honorary president of St. Luke’s International Hospital. In one interview with Judit Kawaguchi of Japan Times on the topic of longevity, he also recommended several basic guidelines for longevity. One of them was to retire later on in life.
1. Retire later in life.
As people are living much longer, especially in Japan, Dr. Hinohara claims that they should be retiring later, as well. The physician also took his advice to heart. Months before he died, even at the age of 105-years-old, Hinohara continued to treat his patients, reports The Independent. He also kept an appointment book with space for about five more years and worked up to 18 hours a day.
Kawaguchi told the BBC:
“Hinohara also believed that life is all about contribution, so he had this incredible drive to help people around him, to wake up early in the morning and do something that was wonderful for other people. This is the thing that was driving him and what kept him alive. He always had the goals of today, tomorrow and for the next five years.”
2. Have more fun.
Some other guidelines that are recommended by Hinohara include worrying less about eating well, or about getting enough sleep, as well as spending more time having fun. Hinohara said:
“We all remember how as children when we were having fun, we usually forgot to eat or to sleep. I also believe that we can keep that attitude as adults as well. It will be best not to tire the body with too many rules like lunchtime and bedtime.”
3. Eat right, stay trim.
The Japanese researcher has also advised against being overweight. He had a quite strict own regime. He said:
“For breakfast, I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is perfect for the arteries, and it keeps my skin healthy. For lunch, I drink milk and eat a few cookies or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry as I focus on my work. For dinner, I eat veggies, and a bit of fish and rice, and, two times a week, 100 grams of lean meat.”
4. Question everything, including the advice of your doctor.
Although Hinohara was a doctor, he told his patients to do their research, as well as listen to their intuitions. He said:
“When a doctor recommends you to take a test or have some surgery, you should ask whether the doctor s going to suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such kind of procedure. Opposite of the popular belief, doctors cannot cure everyone. So why should we cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think that music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors can imagine.”
5. Exercise more.
As a person might expect, exercise is always advised. Hinohara said:
“I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.”
He also recommended having more fun to combat pain, which is an inevitable thing in life. Hinohara also said:
“Pain is mysterious, and having fun can also be the best way to forget it. For instance, when a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game with him or her, the child will immediately forget the pain. Hospitals also need to cater to the basic need of patients: Every one of us wants to have fun. As St. Luke’s we have music, as well as animal therapies, and art classes.”