Pope Francis says secret to a long life is no exercise, daily naps and classical music

Pope Francis says secret to a long life is no exercise, daily naps and classical music

THE POPE has revealed the secret behind his long and healthy life – and it doesn’t involve exercise. 

Pope Francis may be a self-described “sedentary person” due to sciatic nerve pain, but at 84 he is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Now the Pontiff has revealed how he is able to stay fit and active despite his advancing years. 

“I don’t do any physical activity,” the Poe explained. 

“My doctor has recommended it but my answer is always the same, ‘I don’t have time’.” 

While the Pope’s busy schedule of events and involvement in the church means he is constantly moving around from day-to-day, the head of the Catholic Church cites several other key factors in helping him stay fit both mentally and physically. 

The first is classical music with Pope Francis citing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in helping him stay calm and relaxed when making difficult decisions. 

He explained: “When I’m faced with a difficult situation or a problem, I must deal with that causes me anxiety, I tackle it. 

“I have different ways of doing it. 

“One of them is listening to Bach. It calms me down and helps me to analyse problems better.” 


Alongside classical music, the Pontiff cites his daily naps as crucial to his overall wellbeing.  

The Pope said: “As soon as I finish lunch I go to my room, take my shoes off and lie down fully dressed. 

“My siestas are sacred. 

“I sleep deeply, as if were night-time.” 

Pope Francis has already received the two necessary jabs of the Pfizer to ensure his is vaccinated against coronavirus and is looking forward to returning to some form of normal life. 

In the meantime, he has been busy imploring everyone involved in the Catholic Church to get the jab.