Improve Your Odds of Living Longer

This subject will evolve as UpgradedSenior.Com matures.  I haven’t had much time to work on this page of the website yet.  Hey, still got the day job!

But, knowing how short on patience you old-timers are, I suggest that you start reading a book called The Blue Zones in which Dan Buettner, the author, studied the longest living people throughout the world.

He noticed that there were areas of the world where the people lived unusually long lives – significantly longer, on average, than the world’s other populations.  He labels these areas of the world as “the Blue Zones.”

From his research, he elicited 9 powerful and simple lessons to increase your own longevity.  These strategies are explained in detail in the book, and you should read it for the specifics, but as a teaser, here are his 9 recommendations for a longer life:

  1. Move naturally.  Engage in plenty of regular, low-intensity, physical activity.
  2. Eat fewer calories.  This is not about the latest fad diet.  It’s more about eating what you need, but not to excess.
  3. Avoid meat and processed foods. (Note:  while advocates of the Paleo Diet would disagree with the meat recommendation, they would whole heartedly agree with banning processed foods, including processed, factory-farm meats.]
  4. Drink red wine.
  5. Cultivate a strong sense of purpose in your life.
  6. Take time to relieve stress.  There’s wisdom in honoring the Sabbath or having a “down day” to rest and rejuvenate.
  7. Have faith and participate in a spiritual community.
  8. Make family a priority.
  9. Participate in a strong social network, preferably with people who share the Blue Zone principles outlined here.

The foregoing summary requires considerable fleshing out.  I encourage you to read the book for that purpose.  A second edition of the book was just released in November, 2012 with some updated information.

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