Author: Level Fitness |

"The term “blue zones” was first coined by Blue Zones founderDan Buettner, a National Geographic Explorer and Fellow and journalist, during an exploratory project he led in 2004. After an expedition to Okinawa, Japan in 2000 to investigate the longevity there, he set out to explore other regions of the world with reportedly high longevity. With the support of National Geographic, Buettner, and his team of scientists and demographers traveled the world in search of communities where people not only lived longer but also enjoyed a high quality of life in their old age. After analyzing demographic data and interviewing numerous centenarians, they identified five regions that stood out for their extraordinary longevity and vitality." (from bluezones.com)


Here are some longevity tips derived from these areas:

1. Plant-based Diet: Blue Zone residents typically consume a plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

2. Regular Physical Activity: Daily, natural physical activity is common, like walking, gardening, or biking.

3. Strong Social Connections: Strong social networks and close-knit communities contribute to longevity.

4. Stress Reduction: Managing stress through practices like meditation or socializing helps maintain health.

5. Moderate Alcohol: In some Blue Zones, moderate alcohol consumption, often in the form of red wine, is part of their lifestyle.

6. Purpose in Life: Having a sense of purpose or "ikigai" can add years to your life.

7. Strong Family Bonds: Multi-generational households and close family relationships are common.

8. Limited Meat and Processed Foods: Blue Zone diets tend to have limited meat and processed foods.

9. Portion Control: Eating smaller portions and stopping when 80% full is a common practice.

10. Community Engagement: Active participation in the community keeps people mentally and socially engaged.