By Diana Gerstacker
TheActiveTimes.com

At first thought, living longer may seem like a complete blessing. Who wouldn't want more time in a life that is so short and unpredictable? Who wouldn’t be grateful for those extra years?

Certainly living a long, healthy life is something that everyone wants, but that kind of longevity doesn’t just happen by accident. People that live to 120+ years old seem to have struck a magical balance between quality genetics and very healthy habits, which is why they are often the subject of research, media attention and admiration.

While you can’t do anything to change your genetic makeup, there are a few things you can do to lengthen your life. We’ve taken a look at some of the research on health and longevity to find a few of the most essential tips for living to a ripe old age, while giving yourself the best shot at health in those last few years.

A popular quote by Abraham Lincoln states, "in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” We say, why can’t you have it all? Read on to see the 11 scientifically proven tips to help you live to 100.

For the complete list of the Scientifically Proven Tips to Help You Live to 100, go to TheActiveTimes.com.

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