Try the front door, and do it even though it probably doesn’t go with your decor!
People who spend at least 30 mins outside in nature report better mood and well-being. Blue Zones headquarters is in Minneapolis, so we understand cold! If it’s cold where you live, you can still get out and go for a brisk walk if you bundle up.
You can use this list of recommended easy recipes, or make any other plant-slant meals made from whole foods that you wish. It can be as simple as whole wheat bread with peanut butter and apples or veggie soup with a side of bread.
Recent research finds that the act of walking leads to increases in creative thinking.
Why do it: Sitting on the floor works your thighs, glutes, and lower back each time you sit down and stand back up. Supporting yourself without a chair back improves posture and may help you burn up to an additional 130 calories each hour. Okinawans sit on the floor and get up and down all day, every day.
The happiest people in the world generally don’t work over 40 hours.
Nicoyans regularly take in sunshine, which helps their bodies produce vitamin D for strong bones and healthy body function.
Ikarians drink herbal teas made from wild oregano, sage, and rosemary—all of which lower blood pressure. Researchers have also found that chamomile tea contains properties that guard against platelet clumping; peppermint tea exhibits antiviral properties; and hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure. Rotate teas to make sure you’re not getting too much of one compound (and to be sure you’re benefitting from all as well).
“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.” — American nutritionist Adelle Davis is said to have recommended this, and it’s an attitude reflected by Adventists. A light dinner early in the evening avoids flooding the body with calories during inactive parts of the day, which promotes better sleep.
Adventists who consume nuts at least five times a week have about half the risk of heart disease and live about two years longer than those who don’t. At least four major studies have confirmed that eating nuts has an impact on health and life expectancy.
Our Western lifestyle is sedentary, even though we’ve evolved to move throughout the day. Get in steps and some natural movement where you can—there’s no need to circle the parking lot at the grocery store, at work, or while running errands to park as close as you can.
Centenarians in the blue zones areas live in environments that nudge them to move naturally every twenty minutes, rather than separating fitness into a different part of their day. It’s built into their lifestyles subconsciously. You can install a free app like Stretchclock to be reminded to get up during your workday, and even to get suggested stretches.