In 2003, The 90+ Study performed by the UC Irvine Institute for Memory set out to collect extended data related to the health routines of those who live to be over 90 years old. By performing neurological and neuropsychological tests on more than 1,600 participants over time, the study painted a complete picture of the mind-body building blocks of longevity. The longitudinal study continues to yield interesting findings. Here are a few major findings:


1. One to two alcoholic beverages a day and a few cups of coffee promoted longevity.

One of the most interesting (albeit fun too) findings of the study was that Coffee and Alcohol in moderation and prolong life. Yep, light to moderate drinkers who enjoyed two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death. This further supports previous reports that certain alcoholic beverages like red wine promote heart and brain health. This finding also applied to coffee - so grab a cup of Joe and make it irish.


2. Hobbies are beneficial.

Maintaining a hobby was another key to long-term health, and those who spent two hours a day on their hobby were 21 percent less likely to die prematurely. This is likely because engaging in hobbies has been found to lower heart rate and relieve stress. What are some of your favorite hobbies? We really enjoy fitness coaching and being active with our kids!


3. Exercise is key.

Fifteen to 45 minutes of exercise every day seemed to prolong life expectancy too. Who's up to go on a run, spend some time on the lake kayaking, and enjoy a nice glass of wine?