Genetic composition is a key predictor of lifespan, but choices made over time also matter. For decades, scientists have tried to unlock the secrets of longevity, but the answers have remained elusive. Mr Tinniswood suggests that moderation, among other things, may be the key to a long life.
A Southport resident has officially become the UK’s oldest man after receiving his 10th birthday card from the Queen after turning 100 in 2012.
Despite being one of the few to reach that milestone, Mr Tinniswood insists he doesn’t feel old, adding, “I keep up with my friends.”
The long-liver was born in 1912 and survived two world wars, the Spanish flu and the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of his favorite activities in his youth was walking, which he still does, despite the fact that he cannot move so freely.
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In fact, Mr. Tinniswood enjoys walking around the nursing home leaning on his shopping cart.
He added: “Swinging your legs is a good exercise. Every day we swing with the left foot, then with the right.
Mr Thiniswood, who worked as an accountant for Shell’s oil and gas empire, said he’s now retired longer than he’s been working.
The long-liver attributed his longevity to several factors, but above all, he emphasizes the importance of doing everything in moderation.
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He said, “One word… moderation. Don’t eat too much. Don’t drink too much. Try to keep yourself in shape.
“Moderation in everything and everything. Moderation in exercise, writing, listening.”
There is ample evidence that moderation is the key to healthy aging when it comes to healthy habits like drinking and smoking.
However, the researchers believe that the long hours of socializing have helped many long-livers in the blue zones celebrate their 100th birthday.
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This may be because lockdown pressures can weaken people’s immune defenses, making them more vulnerable to disease.
The researchers note that people with stronger social ties also tend to have better health behaviors.
They tend to show a preference for healthier food or are more likely to be physically active.
Speaking to ITV on his 109th birthday last year, Mr Tinniswood stressed the importance of setting boundaries and relaxing.
He explained, “You should never exceed what you normally do or you will hurt yourself physically or mentally.
“So stay within the limits of what you can do!”
A little pampering is good too, adds Mr Tinniswood, who looks forward to his weekly fish and chips to keep him looking young.
French citizen Lucille Randon, 118, is currently the oldest living woman, while the oldest man is Juan Vicente Pérez Mora from Venezuela, who is 113 years old.