The 2 Surprising Longevity Secrets of the World’s Oldest Man

"Treat yourself" should be your new life mantra.

The 2 Surprising Longevity Secrets of the World’s Oldest Man

"Treat yourself" should be your new life mantra.

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We already know some of the keys to longevity. According to Sardinian citizens, who have some of the longest lifespans in the world, it’s eating whatever you want in moderation, achieving a good work/life balance, and drinking a glass of wine every day with lunch. Research would suggest the keys to longevity are a positive attitude, strong support network, and regular exercise (even if it’s just walking 40 minutes a day).

But 112-year-old Japanese Masazo Nonaka, who is now officially the oldest man in the world, has two unexpected things to thank with his impressive lifespan.

This week, Nonaka was officially inducted into the Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, following the death of the previous title holder, 113-year-old Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera.

But when reporters asked his granddaughter, Yuko Nonaka, about the secrets to his longevity, she credited his sterling health to two things: hot springs and sweets.

“He needs a wheelchair to move but he is in good condition. He loves eating any kinds of sweets—Japanese or western style,” Nonaka told The Telegraph. “He reads newspapers everyday and often soaks in the hot springs.”

It’s a good thing, then, that Nonaka lives in his hometown of Ashoro, in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, near a hot springs run by his family.

His granddaughter also said his stress-free lifestyle is crucial to his longevity, lending credence to the belief that your outlook on life has as much of an impact on your longevity as your lifestyle choices.

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