Some might turn to the latest scientific findings or dietary advice to help them prolong their life expectancy.
But Gladys Gough, who has reached an incredible 103 years old, puts her longevity down to her single status.
The centenarian from Stoke-on-Trent says she couldn't be bothered with men and has never had a boyfriend, let alone married or had children.
But the life-long singleton maintains its her avoidance of the opposite sex which could be the secret to her long and healthy life.
'I always eat my dinner. I've always made sure that I've eaten well,' she said.
'I never got married or had a boyfriend either. That probably had something to do with it. I just couldn't be bothered with men.'
She was born in Brighton Street, Stoke, in 1908 to mum Alice and dad Harry, a dairy owner and milkman.
Her brother died when he was young but Gladys was extremely close to her elder sister Edna, who also never married and died in 1997 aged 85.