Over the last couple of decades, researchers have become interested in why people in certain areas across the globe have a longer lifespan. While America’s current average age expectancy is 78 years old, it is much higher in many other places in the world. Areas such as Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Icaria, Greece count many more centenarians among their population. These regions are known as “Blue Zones,” and the individuals living well into their 90s and more are typically healthy in both mind and body.
National Geographic writer, Dan Buettner, spend years studying each culture, and wrote a book about his findings called, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In his book, he cites 9 lifestyle habits that all of the groups had in common.
One of the habits he mentions is that the very elderly in these areas continue to move naturally as part of their everyday life and some still work in the fields. Conversely in our country, many people lead sedentary lifestyles and find it difficult to get enough exercise. John Day, MD, author of The Longevity Plan, suggests ways to remedy the problem. He writes, “For example you could take a vow to never use an elevator or escalator again unless the stairs are restricted. Other options include an evening walk or doing everything possible to avoid having to use a car. Even vacations can be scheduled in a way that is physically active, like a vacation centered around skiing, hiking, or cycling.”
Another common trait shared by many of the elderly in the Blue Zones is that they still had a purpose in life. Many studies support that by reporting the connection between our minds, our health, and our sense of purpose is very powerful and leads to better health outcomes. Simply said you need to have a reason to get out of bed each morning.
It is also recommended that we eat until we are only 80 percent full and stick to a “plant-forward diet.” Along with eating lots of vegetables and whole grains, cut back or eliminate sugar-filled or processed foods from your diet. Other suggestions for longevity include maintaining strong family ties, having a sense of community and a good social life.
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