MAKE THE HEALTHY CHOICE THE EASY CHOICE
As you know, something that I’m passionate about is living a well-rounded, full and wholesome life. With that, I try to do things I love often, work towards my goals, pursue balance and live health consciously. Sharing here on the blog little ways to make big impacts in our lives is one of my greatest joys.
When my mother brought the Blue Zones Project, a project dedicated to helping people live better + longer, to my attention I was all ears. Blue Zones is the term that reflects the lifestyle and the environment of the world’s longest-lived people. The concept first appeared as an international concept in a National Geographic cover story titled “The Secrets of a Long Life” by Dan Buettner. Buettner identified five geographic areas where people live statistically longest:
Nicoya, Costa Rica
and Loma Linda, California
He offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives. After conducting this research and studying the people in these areas of the world, the Blue Zones Project is now bringing the research here to better the quality of life all over the United States.
Here’s the main philosophy:
We spend 90 percent of our time in the same places, and that environment dictates how easy it is to make healthy choices, or how difficult. By using the Power 9 , the nine secrets of longevity, (listed below) to improve where we live, work, learn and play, we make it easier to get up and move, eat healthy, make new friends, find a reason for being—and live longer, better.
The 9 Ways How To Live Longer + Live Better. . .
1. Find Your Purpose
Wake up with a purpose each day. 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.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy. [Read more…]