A recent post on Healthline titled “Blue Zones: Where People Forget to Die”, covers some research on those places in the world where people tend to live longer, and the thematic behaviors that also seem to underlie and support their longevity. Rather than re-write their article, I thought I would post an excerpt of their 9 Secrets to Longevity below, and simply say… make as many good decisions as you can and take enough small steps to create your own, personal “Blue Zone” where ever you happen to live….
9 SECRETS OF LONGEVITY (From “The Blue Zones 2nd Edition”, Buettner)
- Move naturally. “Do your own house and yard work, go up and down your stairs with your laundry, knead your own dough,” Buettner advises. “Incorporate more movement every hour.”
- Know your purpose. “Take time to recognize your values, strengths, talents, passions and gifts,” Buettner says. Reflect, and work on yourself.
- Down shift. Relieve chronic stress by finding time each day to nap, meditate or pray.
- The 80% rule. Cut 20 percent of your daily calories with proven healthy practices: eat a big breakfast, dine with your family, and begin each meal by expressing appreciation.
- Plant slant. Eat mostly plant-based foods, and small portions of meat no more than twice a week.
- Wine at 5. Drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. This longevity tip had one exception: those in the Loma Linda Blue Zone were Seventh Day Adventists, who abstain from alcohol.
- Family first. Living in a loving, thriving family can add up to six years to your life. Work on a positive, committed relationship and stay close to your aging parents and grandparents.
- Belong. “Those with the most social connectedness tend to live longer,” Buettner says. Be part of a group of healthy-minded, supportive people.
- Right tribe. Good friends have a positive effect on your longevity. Support them and adopt healthy behaviors together.
Movement, purpose, diet and a healthy, supportive social network; not a bad recipe for health and longevity.
Small steps add up!
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