The Secret to Living a Long Life…that is what many people are seeking. Sometimes the answers are simple. Simple changes can add up!
In a book named, The Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner, there are certain regions of the world that have been found to have the highest percentage of people living well into their 100’s. The book goes on to identify 9 traits or behaviors that those communities have in common – and asserts that these traits must be the secret ingredients to living a long life.
An article by Lisa Truesdale of DeliciousLiving.com spells out all 9 traits and what they mean for our generation. Luckily for us, Buettner and his team did all the research with extensive trips to these blue zone communities and hundreds of personal interviews. Buettner notes that this is not an all-inclusive list, doing just one of these things will likely add time to your life.
#1 Move Naturally
The first secret to living a long life is to move, but not just to exercise a few times a week. You should move as part of your daily life. Most of these communities are places where people walk to get where they are going, and do manual labor for much of their lives. So, the trick for us is to incorporate movement into more of our daily lives by walking more, working outside more often, and planning movement into our typically static tasks like working at the computer or taking phone calls at work.
#2 Hara Hachi Bu
Hara Hachi Bu is fun to say, and in English, it means to stop eating when you are 80% full. Eating in this way would help you to cut 20% of your calories, thus ensuring a healthy body weight and becoming healthier overall.
Click to read about the other 7 tips to living a long life in the original article over at Delicious Living.