Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara’s Recommendations For Living Longer 

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara’s Recommendations For Living Longer 

How does someone live to well over 100? 

What habits might they have to help us live that long? 

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara (1911 – 2017) gave us the answer that suited him.

He lived to 104 and enjoyed an active life in Japan. He wrote over 150 books during his career which offer advice on leading a long and happy life. 

Here are 14 of his recommendations on living a long and healthy life:

Stay fit

Dr. Hinohara suggested always staying in shape. This means that you should stay physically active at all times and eat a healthy diet as well. For breakfast, he had a bit of orange juice, coffee and olive oil. For lunch, he eats cookies and milk, while for dinner, he eats rice, vegetables and fish. He also suggests eating 100 grams of lean meat twice a week.

Don’t believe your doctor

Although a doctor himself, Dr. Hinohara says that following your doctor’s advices blindly won’t make you healthy, and may even have the opposite effect.

Science alone can’t cure everything

According to Dr. Hinohara, science alone won’t cure all diseases. He said that we must incorporate visual and even liberal arts in order to treat illnesses and stay healthy.

Always plan ahead

Planning ahead can keep your brain health in check and help you lead a more successful life. Although he died in 2017, Dr. Hinohara had booked tickets for the 2020 Japan Olympics!

Pain is a mysterious thing

According to the doctor, pain is mysterious and can be treated with simple things such as playing with your pet or listening to music.

Be inspired

In order to stay motivated, you should always seek inspiration.

Enjoy life to the fullest

Dr. Hinohara knew how to enjoy life. He worked for about 18 hours a day, and served the community in every way he could.

Carry your own things and take the stairs

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can keep you in shape and prevent a variety of health problems.

Stop worrying so much

Dr. Hinohara said that life is an unpredictable chain of events, so we must stop worrying about things. This will only lead to depression and more problems, so make sure to stay positive.

Share knowledge

Dr. Hinohara travelled around Japan every year and gave more than 100 lectures to people around the country. He always made the audience stand up instead of sitting down, and he always gave his lectures while standing, even at the age of 100!

Don’t be crazy about money

Chasing money all your life won’t get you anywhere. Plus, you can’t take your millions where you’re going in the end.

Find a role model

Dr. Hinohara said that you need to have a role model in life in order to be successful. Whenever he had some kind of problem, he asked himself “What would father have done?” This helped him get the answer quickly and resolve the problem he faced.

Don’t retire

If you’re in good mental and physical shape, you don’t have to retire. Work as long as you can in order to lead a happy and successful life.

Follow the good doctor’s advices and we’re sure you’ll lead a fulfilled, happy and long life.

Dr Elmar Jung

Dr. Elmar Jung

Dr Elmar Jung Dental Clinic

6 replies
  1. John Preston
    John Preston says:

    Excellent advice Elmar! Interesting diet too – there may be other options without cookies 😂.
    A little bit of something naughty is fine occasionally, but I would advise against cookies as part of an everyday diet!
    Keep doing what you do! It’s great and thank you!

  2. Henrik
    Henrik says:

    Thanks Elmar – that’s very insightful and excellent advice!

    I have just had the great pleasure of spending five weeks in Japan and I received some very good advice from an older gentleman over dinner one evening… he said “Everyone has unfortunate things happening to them. The key is not to think about it for too long (max 5 minutes) and don’t let it bother you.”
    I could see he was living by that philosophy – a very calm, harmonic and positive individual.


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