Updated: Jun 17, 2020
These are the Blue Zones Areas, where life expectancy is the highest among all of the worlds populations.
- Barbagia region of Sardinia – Mountainous highlands of inner Sardinia with the world’s highest concentration of male centenarians.
- Ikaria, Greece – Aegean Island with one of the world’s lowest rates of middle age mortality and the lowest rates of dementia.
- Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – World’s lowest rates of middle age mortality, second highest concentration of male centenarians.
- Seventh Day Adventists – Highest concentration is around Loma Linda, California. They live 10 years longer than their North American counterparts.
- Okinawa, Japan – Females over 70 are the longest-lived population in the world.
Why do these areas have such high life expectancy? Its not a case of they eat their greens and avoid alcohol or drugs, its far more complex than that! Lets take a look:
1 Move Naturally
Humans were not built to sit on machines and pump iron. Evolution taught us to move freely, explore movement, move in a range of complex planes. Functional free movement is a core value in the design of our training programs at ReDefined.
2 Know Your Purpose
The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Quite simply if you have a purpose you will live longer. For some people its their job, others their sport, some its their children, others their families. Some its helping their local community, or saving the environment. Find your purpose, and own it.
Stress is cancer. It sounds harsh, but it’s the reality. If you are stressed you are wiping days off your life, and if you are stressed you will struggle to burn fat due to increases in the hormone cortisol. Find time to downshift, forget your troubles, fInd a hobby or have some wine. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!
4 Conscious Eating
"Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the blue zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day. It’s of no coincidence the western world eats the bulk of its food late in the evening, and has the highest levels of obesity. Conscious eating also means eat to enjoy, its ok to drink wine, its ok to have cake, its ok to LIVE. But all within a balance.
People in all blue zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day, with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all week and have 14 drinks on Saturday!
5 Green Nutrition
Beans, soy, lentils and plants form the cornerstone of the diet of many centurions. Whilst science doesn’t tell us going vegan is the answer, it does tell us that plants should form the BULK of our diets, not the opposite. Eat many clean and raw plant based foods, you will notice a quick improvement in your gut health. The extra bonus is that you will be contributing to the planets longevity, part of the 9th component of our philosophy below
6 Find your Tribe
Being part of a thriving community of friendship network could quite simply be one of the easiest ways to add years to your life. People with great social circles experience far less stress, and live more fulfilling lives.
7 Belong and Love
Successful centenarians in the blue zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when your time comes!)
8 Embrace Challenges
You will probably by now have heard the mantra “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you”. Quite simply we all face challenges in life, its how we overcome them that determine our success. The first step to this? Embrace your challenges and set a mindset to achieve. A positive mindset!
9 The Bigger Picture
Make no mistake the world is fast approaching the point of no return. Every single human being has the responsibility to start making changes to ensure our planets longevity. What do we want to leave for our great great grandchildren? Do we want them to swim in clean oceans, and explore mountains lush with rainforest ? Live in world free from war and pollution? Walk on a beach free from plastic? This starts with us now. Don’t buy what you don’t need, reduce your plastic consumption, walk instead of driving when you can. Millions of people making billions of tiny choices changes the bigger picture. Are you part of it?
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Breathe , Smile and Enjoy
Jimmy August Co Founder
Re-Defined - Health Movement Wellbeing
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