By: Dan Buettner
The “Blue Zones” are areas in the world where people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. These zones are where cancer and heart disease are suffered at a fraction of what we face here in the United States.
Here are the hot spots:
- Loma Linda
- Nicoya Peninsula
According to the author of the book, “Blue Zones”, there are nine lifestyle characteristics that may help you live a longer healthier life:
1. Make regular activity intrinsic to your daily routine.
2. Have a “Plan de Vida,” i.e. a mission or purpose that gives meaning to your life.
3. Take your life out of the fast lane: work less, slow down, rest, take vacations.
4. Eat less by following the “80% rule.” (Stop eating when you are 80% full)
5. Shift your diet to more vegetables and fruits, less protein, and fewer processed foods.
6. Drink red wine in moderation.
7. Create a healthy social network.
8. Cultivate spiritual or religious beliefs and participation.
9. Make family a priority.
Taken from IDEA Fitness Journal (May edition)