There are certain areas in the world where people tend to live longer, healthier lives. Just what are their secrets? We find out from Dan Buettner, bestselling author of ‘The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who Have Lived the Longest’.
During the recent launch ceremony of Pleasure Bay Bintan, author Dan Buettner shared his discoveries about the Blue Zones, areas in the world where people live measurably longer lives. Some of these regions include Okinawa in Japan, Icaria in Greece, and Sardinia in Italy.
Below are some of the key characteristics that Buettner and his team identified of the people living in this region. Try incorporating them into your daily life and see if you notice a difference!
1. Get Moving
People living in Blue Zones are constantly engaging in moderate physical activity – whether by walking everywhere or working on their farms. While there may not be farms for you to tend to in Singapore, you can easily integrate this into your lifestyle by making a conscious effort to walk as much as possible. Or, get committed by signing up for a regular fitness program
2. Eat Wisely
People living in these regions subsist on a mostly plant-based diet, with little to no beef and dairy, and plenty of beans and legumes. In addition, they are conscious about portion sizes. To avoid overeating, these people tend to pre-plate their meals instead of digging into communal servings and adhere to the “Stop when you’re 80 percent full” rule. Here’s an easy way you can incorporate this into your own life – breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
3. Right Outlook
In Okinawa, the residents live by a particular phrase, “Ikigai”, which is loosely translated as “what gets me out of bed each morning”. One commonality between the people living in the Blue Zones is they all had a sense of purpose and drive, no matter how old or young they are. Every individual has a place in society, and is made to feel useful. If you find yourself floating through life without any particular destination in mind, it may be helpful to take the time to evaluate just what you want out of life.
This is probably one of the most important characteristics of people living in the Blue Zones. All of them had strong social connections, whether to their loved ones or to friends or to a faith-based community. For example, the Loma Linda community makes it a point to take an entire day off once a week to spend time exercising and socialising together. Not only does this keep everybody physically healthy, it also strengthens relationship bonds.
We hope these tips are inspiring for you. With a little ingenuity and effort, you too can create your own personal Blue Zone!