Go ahead - live like the Queen. Here, some of the factors that are quite possibly the reasons Queen Elizabeth continues to enjoy good health.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, celebrates her 91st birthday this year. The oldest reigning British monarch, along with her husband Prince Phillip, have both exceeded the life expectancy for Canadian women and men—which is 83.3 and 78.8 respectively, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.

But Dr. Michael Gordon, program director of palliative care at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System, who trained in Scotland and met the Queen's mother, feels that nowadays, even being in your 80s is not so old. "I'm a geriatrician and, in my practice, that's like late adolescence. She's not 100 yet. Her mother, the Queen Mother, lived to 101, and there's a pretty good chance, barring the unexpected, that Elizabeth can get there herself."

Yet even the best genetic makeup can be destroyed by external environmental factors. Researchers say we accelerate the aging process if we smoke, eat poorly, drink heavily, don't exercise and are overstressed. Successful aging, says Gordon, is measured in both quantity of years and quality of life—not simply breathing but retaining vitality and enthusiasm, enough to make life well worth living.

Click through for some of the factors that are quite possibly the reasons Queen Elizabeth continues to enjoy good health. Adopt them to improve your chances for longevity and health.

Go ahead—live like the Queen!

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