Lifestyle changes can be the most difficult for people to make, especially when they have become longstanding habits. Often it takes a health crisis before we realize that if we want to live longer, we have to make some changes. It can help to know some of the secrets to living longer, so we can start with changes that are easiest to make first. This can vary for different people. Let’s look at some of these secrets.
Secrets of the Blue Zones
In his international best seller, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, author Dan Buettner writes about select geographic locations where people seem to be outliving the rest of the world. Buettner says they’re healthier as well, suffering fatal diseases affecting the rest of the world at remarkably lower rates. Among these blue zones are Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and yes, even one place in the USA, Loma Linda, California.
Buettner notes the following lifestyle characteristics shared by these people, who have a higher rate of centenarians than other areas of the world:
• Family first.
• Typically they don’t smoke.
• Food comes primarily from plants.
• Constant moderate physical activity.
• Socially active.
• Eat legumes regularly – soybeans, peanuts, peas, lentils, etc.