I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years

I just finished reading I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation by Ilchi Lee and I had to share it with you.

I loved this book for so many reasons but mainly because the author makes you think about your own longevity. Many of us simply go through our life until one day we wake up realizing we are retirement age. We sort of just let aging happen. However, when we decide how old we want to live to, it puts the control in our hands.

For me, being 55 I still have another 10 to 15 years to retire, I don’t want it to be the end of my life or a time when I decide in my head to be a “senior”. I don’t want to be a burden to my family. I want to be healthy and full of vitality. I want to have fun and be happy in my skin.

The author chose to “live to be 120 rather than relying on being lucky enough to live a long time”.

A really important point he makes in the book is a shift he had in his thinking. Like most of us, he had hoped to live to be 80 or 90. But once he decided to live to be 120 suddenly he began to reflect on what was important in his life and he realized he needed to focus more on dreams and values.

Living to be 120 years old requires healthier eating and better lifestyle habits. If someone is going to live a long vital life they need good nutrition and daily exercise. Ilchi Lee really stresses the importance of just moving. And the younger we focus on moving and physical strength the better. But it is never too late to start strength building. This just reinforces for me how important my daily walks are.

1 Minute Change

Something that I really loved is the 1-Minute Change. The author talks about how most of us sit for 8 to 10 hours a day. And this is not healthy for our body or mind.

Therefore, he created a challenge to get people up and moving for 1 minute every hour. In time, we being to increase our health and mindset.

Moving once an hour can become a habit with practice. There is an app you can put on your phone to remind you to move. If you want to learn more about one minute exercise, you can download it here. The point is to get moving.

Longevity Walking

He also talks a great length about a concept called longevity walking. This is when you sort of walk with most of your pressure on the balls of your feet rather than the heel of the foot. He also stresses the importance of keeping your feet parallel to each other rather than letting your feet turn outward.

When you become aware of how you walk and start to walk with intention, you may notice some subtle changes. You may feel better or walk more upright rather than slouched over. Longevity walking could  be preventing skeletal curvature down the road that people begin to get as they age.

Walking is also great for the brain and of course overall vitality.

Belly Button Healing

Another concept Ilchi Lee teaches is Belly Button Healing. This is when you lay on your back and relax your breathing. Then you take both hands and gently press in on your belly button using the middle three fingers of each hand. Press and release up to 100 times.

This is a sort of acupressure for your abdomen. Many people find that belly button healing makes a big difference with digestion, increase energy and overall well-being. His book, Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life go through how it works and the many benefits.

Mindset plays a huge role in the aging process. Choosing to be happy is important. We have a choice if we want to be happy or not. The way we see things affect our health. There is a saying that thoughts are things. So having positive thought make a difference. It is important to stop focusing on things that “weigh down our soul”. In other words, stop stressing!


I am really thinking a lot about my own longevity. I find myself asking all sorts of questions: How do I want to live?  If I live to 120, what do I want my quality of life to be like? Do I want to live in daily pain and struggle? Or Should I just wait and see what happens?

It really is all about getting us to change the way we see ourselves age. It is about realizing that anything is possible. We could even live to be 120 years old and feel happy and healthy as we are doing it.

The author shares with readers the simple changes that could be made right now that could not only help us to live longer but to have an amazing quality of life.

More than anything, the idea of being able to live to 120 years old gives people hope for a fulfilling future!

I will end this article with a quote from the book:

“Will you make your life painful or turn it into a work of art?”

Have you started to think about how you want to live the second half of your life? Have you spent the first half of your life focused on making others a priority? Perhaps now is the perfect time to think about making yourself a priority. If you are not sure where to start, you are not alone. I would love to help you put a plan together. Contact me here to set up a free wellness consultation.

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16 thoughts on “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation”

  1. Wow! making a decision to live longer is just a matter of commitment and discipline. This book should be for anyone who wants to make a proper change to their way of living to ensure that longetivity is attained. living with a purpose and strictly adhering to all of these listed out. Since sitting is dangerous to our health, standing up every 1hour would ensure we void sitting for too long. this is really great

  2. Great article about living 120 years, 1-minute change and much more. This kind of routines like 1 minute change sounds small stuff but actually them are very easy but effective way to keep our bodies but also mind healthier, I have been using similar routines while working on office, taking small part of your time to do 1min or 3min of exercises or just standing while keeping eyes closed and thinking people you love most or things that get you inspired, is a great routine. This longevity walking was a new thing for me, I will give it a try, sounds easy but may be effective as well.

    1. You will have to let me know how you like the longevity walking. I love that we are sort of walking for purpose rather than just walking.

  3. Wow, this is a really good and inspiring article, I’ve gained a lot from it. It actually true that we have our life in our hands and we have the control of how we want to live our lie in our hands. Healthy lifestyle determines how long you life, eating good food and exercising, all these basic things does. What we have in our mind, what we think have a lot to do in how long we live as you’ve said that Mindset plays a huge role in the aging process. This is a really interesting and useful book and il like to lay my hands on one as soon as possible. Thanks

  4. This is a very good post I must say. That book looks like the real deal for me right now. You know, I am this person who always thinks about how things can be in the future. It is very nice of you to let us in on this very nice book. From reading this list, I understand the importance of thinking of how long I will stay on this earth. This is really nice. I have learned from you here. Thank you.

  5. This is very interesting here and I take it as a wake up call to my life. If someone has decided to live to 120years and is working towards achieving it by tweaking the little things limiting them in their lives, then I’m sure that if i stay committed too, i will be able to achieve such feet. the 1minute change appears to be really simple but then, it would take commitment and I also feel like getting the app would really be of greater help.

  6. 120 years?? That’s a really interesting age to aspire, this was what actually drew my attention to reading this article to the end and I must say I’ve really been blessed reading through and I enjoyed doing so. Lee is really inspiring in his words in this book, making you think about your own longevity and Making you realise that your mindset is very important and it’s attached to you living long and healthy. I’ve learned to make myself a priority and to treat myself the best way I can. Ill try to get the book and read myself. Thanks for sharing.

    1. The entire idea behind the 120 years if it shocks our mindset a bit. If you knew your body could last for 120 years, how would you treat it differently? It is about not being old at 80 or 90 because if you live to be 120, those ages would be young. It sort of gets you to live to the fullest.

  7. Hey Wendy,

    I do fully believe that the way the majority live their lives lead to a shorter lifespan & certainly in most cases a far less healthy existence than what is possible.

    My work involves a lot of working at my computer, I work out for a couple of hours a day already; but I’ve always been a big believer that sitting for too much destroys health. I try to get up at least five minutes to every hour, I’ve never tried belly button healing, it sounds interesting, so think I’ll be giving it a try!

  8. This sounds like a very interesting book and I love self-help reading. I found most of the exercises relatable as I am heading into my 50s. I used to tell myself the opposite…that I would be good with living up to a certain age BUT after reading this post I have changed this thought and I am not turning back. Thank you for this. I will definitely move one minute every hour, do more longevity walking and belly button healing. This all makes sense to me.

  9. Thank you very much for this great article.

    our health is the most import aspect though some time we tend to take less care of it. this article really challenged me as an online marketer, I tend to seat on my laptop for hours a day which is not good for my health; you gave me a solution to this “the one minute change” I will make sure I walk a least for one minute every hour, I actually liked this book and am soon getting my copy. 


  10. I am 54 years old now and I have found myself thinking lately that I only have about 30 years left and how do I want to live it. I’m so glad I read this article today because it’s really important to think long term and to know what changes we need to make now to make living longer possible, and especially living longer and being able to be physically and mentally active. I do get out and walk and hike a lot but I need to start making better nutritional choices. 

    There were awesome points you brought out here that we all need to consider.

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