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Martha Stewart shares tips on healthy aging

June 20, 2013

Martha Stewart has helped countless men and women with everything from cooking and gardening to homemaking and crafts. Now that she's into her 70s, the iconic business mogul is working to achieve another goal - healthy aging. She certainly has set a good example: 71-year-old Stewart remains as active as ever, and she recently shared her tips for successful senior living with The Huffington Post.

No surprises
Although Stewart has been known to share the secret to a perfect apple pie, she says there's no hidden clue to being healthy later in life. Commonsense moves such as eating a healthy diet, staying physically fit and remaining mentally engaged are all things she swears by. Perhaps most of all, however, she points to the fact that she's not content doing the same thing every day.

"It's good eating. It's good exercise. It's a good job or good "thing" that you do every day, and it's staying curious," she told the HuffPo. "No repetition. Repetition is deadly. That's why I don't play golf - I can't stand the thought of walking around the same golf course every day."

Taking her own advice
Stewart isn't just offering up tips on healthy aging, she's taking her own advice to heart. Most recently, she took up online dating, an activity that has been booming among the senior population as of late, People magazine reports. There's no word yet on whether her foray into the online dating world has paid off, but it's this passion for an active lifestyle that makes her a paragon of healthy senior living.

Evidence backs her up
Of course, people need more than just Stewart's word, and there is considerable research out there backing her up. An active retirement, whether that's in the form of online dating or continuing education, is tied to a number of health benefits. Most recently, scientists found that seniors who volunteered tended to have a lower blood pressure than those who were not as charitable. The study, performed by scientists at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, found that seniors who volunteered at least 200 hours a year enjoyed a 40 percent lower risk of experiencing high blood pressure, according to findings published in the Psychology and Aging journal.