I am searching for the programs making me fit for living longer. I am not conscious to a greater extent in the internet of fitness, can you all suggest a source (books, articles, journals, or websites) which gives me data on program for living longer. If the source mentions scientific reasons, for having certain conformations (exercises or certain food), it would be more helpful.

Other data:

Mitochondrial function as a determinant of life span

"The introduction of strategies that promote metabolic fitness may extend healthspan in humans."

-- Metabolic Control of Longevity

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    And how would anyone determine that their program makes you live longer? Anyone who says so is a fraud. Fitness in general ok, a healthy body weight - yes. A specific program? No. But I know that the guy from starting strength claims his stuff is great for seniors because they too get stronger. Are you older than 60 and looking for a better life or 16 and wonder if sticking out your tongue 3 times a day makes you live to 105?
    – Raditz_35
    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:57
  • Thank you for the reply. I am searching program, which has been built by knowing on what makes human live longer, from the data of physiology, mechanics of the body, or from the mass data on the people who have lived longer. Is there no such program then? I am 22, and weak.
    – Sensebe
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:21
  • Again, how do you determine that? Please consider how many people there are and how complex and how many parameters there are for one life and how much changes in 100 years. Most people that have lived to see the age of 100 will not have ever seen a gym and experienced war and famine. They were children of their generation. Check out what people did in the 1940ies when they were your age and copy them. I wish you the best of luck with it
    – Raditz_35
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:28
  • @JohnP: I have edited the question, is it still broad?
    – Sensebe
    Apr 12, 2018 at 10:28
  • @Raditz_35: I have edited the question, is it still broad?
    – Sensebe
    Apr 12, 2018 at 10:29

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TL;DR - Go read Dan John's stuff

I remember a while back (several years, so my memory of it may be slightly off) I went through a phase of reading books by old time strongmen, especially Eugen Sandow. Admittedly, back then, there wasn't really any research into physical fitness, but one of the ideas that he kept coming back to was how strength training and physical activity would help with living longer.

It is my firm conviction that every young man who has not yet begun life hopelessly handicapped by an inheritance of organic disease, may build up a constitution and health which will enable him to live his life as gladly as does a child; to perform, without undue pain, the part in life Nature has destined for him; and to leave to his offspring, in later years, such a heritage of health as will make them bless his memory - Eugen Sandow

Admittedly he was selling his own physical training routines, so he is going to say that they're beneficial, but bear in mind this was over 100 years ago.

Fast forward to today and it is widely accepted that exercise has many benefits for health, and baring accidents, healthy people tend to live longer than unhealthy people.

Another things to consider, alongside living longer, is quality of life, I don't know about you, but I've seen elderly relatives living out their final years suffering from dementia in nursing homes, barely able to get out of the chair. To me, that's not living, that's just surviving.

But, you were asking for specifics, so, let me introduce you to the Yoda of strength training, Dan John

Dan John writes quite a lot about training for life and life long health (remember, being healthy helps you live longer), but he also covers non-exercise related things. His top 10 tips for living a longer, healthier life?

  1. Don’t Smoke
  2. Wear a seatbelt or a helmet
  3. Learn to fall AND recover
  4. Eat more protein
  5. Eat more fiber
  6. Take more fish oil
  7. Drink more water
  8. Floss your teeth
  9. Build some muscle
  10. Improve joint mobility

I'm not going to plagiarise his work, but the articles on his website, and his books, are a very solid place to start.

Another option would be the work by Alwyn Cosgrove and Lou Schuler, such as The New Rules of Lifting for Life (disclaimer: I haven't read that one, but I have read most of their other books, and they're very good).

None of this is very specific, but that's because it's not a very specific question. I doubt there is a workout routine out there that will guarantee adding an extra 5 years to your life (if there is, they're probably lying), but there are things you can do to help your chances of living longer, and to improve the quality of the years you do have ahead of you.

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