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The Keys to Longevity

National Geographic commissioned and published research on longevity. In an article entitled  "The Secrets of Long Life" the research findings were shared from regions of the world where people live healthier and longer. The research concludes  that positive lifestyle choices can lead to a healthier, longer and happier life.

Watch a video about the research project from  Healthways and Blue Zones®.

SOURCE: www.bluezones.com

 

Blue Zones® are locations in the world where people live measurably longer and better lives. The world’s best longevity researchers studied the Blue Zones of Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan and Nicoya, Costa Rica to identify lifestyle characteristics that result in longevity.

Some Lessons Learned:

 

Cut Out Bad Foods

Go Out and Exercise

Meditate and Relax

Spring is a perfect time to refresh your routine by cutting out holiday treats and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Wondering how many fruits and vegetables you should be eating daily?
Use the CDC's Fruits & Vegetables Calculator!

Have a sweet tooth but don't want to waste your calories?

Check out Whole Living's
Healthy Fruit Dessert Recipes

Need some help making those veggies taste great?

Try one of Cooking Light's
Top-Rated Vegetable Recipes

Warmer weather makes it much more appealing to get up off the couch or out from behind your desk and head outside!  Keep in mind that the Physical Activity Guidelines for American(PAG) recommend moderate-intensity aerobic activity like brisk walking and muscle-strengthening activity like endurance training each week for adults.

Improve your health through
appropriate physical activity.

Educate yourself on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Meditation is a relaxation technique that can help to relieve stress, ease anxiety and clear the mind. Freeing the mind of extraneous thoughts can help to release the worries of the day and allow the mind and body to completely relax. Clearing your mind just before bed can also increase quality of sleep!

Improve your overall state of mind!

Find out more about the benefits and types of meditation with this information from the Mayo Clinic

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.“ – Doug Larson

 

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  • Appreciate Family

    Maintaining family connections and traditions are a best practice used in regions of the world where people live longest. Celebrating elders and supporting family members fosters a sense of unity that is beneficial to overall health.

  • Enjoy Time with Friends

    Being social, spending time with like-minded people, laughing with friends and learning to listen are necessary for a full and happy life. Friends provide a support network and source of happiness that is proven to lengthen life span.

  • Be Active

    Centenarians, people who are 100 years or older, enjoy light to moderate exercise daily.

  • Eat & Drink Sensibly

    All of the longevity hot spot locations emphasize the importance of eating a diet full of vegetables, whole grains and herbs with limited portions of meat. Also, drinking plenty of water (and a little red wine) keeps the body hydrated and healthy.

  • Maintain a Strong Sense of Self

    People who know their purpose in life, take time to rest, appreciate their experiences and are confident in themselves are more likely to get the most out of life. 

Give Your Routine a Spring Cleaning!

Live Longer & Be Happier