Did you know there are places in the world where people live to be much older than the people around you? What do you think life would be like for a 90 or 100-year-old person?
There are actually tons of places across the globe where people for whatever reason live much longer lives. These areas are referred to as blue zones. This is because when an area was found by Michel Poulain and Dr. Gianni Pes in older times they marked the area on their map with blue ink. Sounds simple enough, right? These are places like Okinawa (Japan) and Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica).
Now, to really figure out why people in these locations were living longer lives Dan Buettner and his team set out on a trip to visit all of the blue zones and make his own conclusions. He even wrote a book on the matter titled “The Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived The Longest.” For about eight years he and his team of scientists and National Geographics researchers worked to explore five different parts of the world.
Through all of this, he came to realize that the secret to longevity can be summed up in just a few ways and broken down into many. Below you will find a list of these things broken down. Do you do these things? While he broke them down into only nine sections I feel to understand them fully they need to be broken down further, so I did exactly that.
10 Things That Will Help You Live Longer, According to Researchers
1. Maintaining a low-meat, plant-based diet.
As if this one was a surprise. We all know eating healthy can and will make a huge difference in our lives. If you aren’t already you should definitely make some changes.
2. Ritual downshifting each day.
This is essentially how you deal with stress. You see, the people in these blue zones are still dealing with stress as we are, but they are addressing it properly. Mediation seems to be key with this kind of thing.
3. Working hard every day.
These people are not strangers to hard work. They would not be the kind to stand around complaining. They like to get things done.
4. Maintaining a bond with family.
These people in blue zones values family big time. They had a close bond with one another that is something we all could use. They pushed one another to be better and do better.
5. Being physically active.
Being as active as possible is important for us all, and this is because it helps us to stay fit and keeps us from becoming obese. The more active you are the better.
6. Knowing your purpose.
Having a purpose makes a huge difference. When we know who we are and where we are headed we are more likely to accomplish things. You cannot get anything done if you do not know what it is you are doing.
7. Drinking in moderation.
While drinking is fine from time to time drinking too much can damage your body. There are a lot of risks associated with drinking too much or in excess. Be responsible with your drinking and be careful not to overindulge!
8. Eating less than most do.
Eat until you are full, don’t eat until you cannot force anymore down. I know food is delicious, but there has to be a limit to what you are eating. People in lots of places eat much smaller portions.
9. Remaining social even as you become older.
Being social as you get older is important. Far too often our seniors are locked away and die of loneliness. This is not something we should be allowing. No one should have to be lonely in life, ever.
10. Having faith in something.
Having faith is a big part of being strong. When you believe in something or someone you do better. No it is not a necessity but it apparently makes a big difference in lots of people.
You see, when it really comes down to it these things could essentially be getting things done, eating right, and staying social. According to CNN, last year Buettner made blue zone inspired changes to towns here in the US and the results were quite astounding. Buettner claims that if trends like this continue in the areas he has been working in life expectancy could go up big time. You can learn more about all of this in the video below. What do you think about all of this? Does it make sense to you?