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Want to know the secret to living a long, healthy and happy life?

We’ve all heard about the Blue Zones, right?  The places around the world that have the most centenarians.  Where more people live to be over 100 years old, more than anywhere else in the world.

For those curious, there are 5 places around the world that are classed as Blue Zones.

  1. Okinawa, Japan
  2. Sardinia, Italy
  3. Nicoya, Costa Rica
  4. Ikaria, Greece
  5. Loma Linda, California
Attractive women looking at boats in a harbour

And what researchers have found is that their secret to living a long, health and happy life comes down to 9 lifestyle habits that they all have in common (even if they go about it differently).

  1. Regular Physical Activity – Going to the gym isn’t necessary to fulfill this characteristic. Regular physical exercise consists of daily movements such as walking, biking, working, farming, etc.  Let’s face it, it’s unlikely the 100-year-olds on a mountain in Ikaria are hitting the gym!
  1. Having a Life’s Purpose – Discovering your own meaning in life will keep you living a longer and happier life. 
  1. Reduced Stress – Stress reduces our lifespan. Find ways that you enjoy to reduce your stress levels.  
  1. Moderate Calorie Intake – The rule of thumb is to stop eating when you’re 80% full instead of 100% full. As a general tip, just don’t overdo it. 
  1. Above Average Plant-Based Diet – Blue Zones have a focused diet of beans, vegetables, fruit, and a variety of whole grains. Meats such as fish and chicken are eaten but on fewer occasions. 
  1. Moderate Alcohol Intake – A couple of glasses of wine a day may keep the heart healthy and keep you living longer but too much alcohol can be damaging to your health.
  1. Engagement in Religion/Spirituality – Association with a religious or spiritual belief (in whatever form that takes for you).
  1. Engagement in Family Life – Close and consistent contact with family is very common and, in most cases in Blue Zones, the grandparents live with their family which creates a strong bond and sense of community.
  1. Engagement in Social Life – Social time with friends and family strengthens our mental, emotional, and physical health. Spend time with those who are a positive influence on your life.

Regardless of where you live, it’s possible to make your own area a “Blue Zone” by simply changing daily habits and ways of thinking. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Get started on some new healthy habits today!

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