Nine Diet and Lifestyle Tips for Longevity

By study­ing the world’s Blue Zones–“com­munit­ies whose eld­ers live with vim and vig­or to record-set­ting age”–Dan Buettner and team dis­covered a set of com­mon beha­vi­our­al traits in their sub­jects.

In his TEDxTC talk Buettner dis­cusses what he dis­covered to be the myths of liv­ing longer and the nine com­mon diet and life­style habits of those who live to be act­ive at 100+:

  • Exer­cise Nat­ur­ally: They don’t con­sciously exer­cise – rather, daily phys­ic­al exer­cise was a nat­ur­al part of their lives (walk­ing, using stairs, cyc­ling for trans­port, etc.).
  • Down­shift: They live a simple life.
  • Have a Pur­pose: Know­ing and act­ing with pur­pose and hav­ing a high­er goal leads to around a sev­en year increase in life expect­ancy.
  • Mod­er­ate Alco­hol Intake: I’ve dis­cussed this at length before.
  • Plant-Based Diet: Not a veget­ari­an diet, but a largely plant-based one.
  • No Over­eat­ing: They avoid over­eat­ing, typ­ic­ally by using ‘nudges’.
  • Friends and Fam­ily First: They typ­ic­ally think of their close friends and fam­ily first.
  • Belong to a Faith-Based Com­munity: Belong­ing to a faith-based com­munity, and meet­ing on aver­age four times a month, can add four to four­teen years to one’s life. Does this exclude athe­ists? I don’t see why a human­ist com­munity that meets the same rules (meet­ing reg­u­larly) would be dif­fer­ent.
  • Belong to the Right ‘Tribe’: They sur­round them­selves with the ‘right’ people. By doing so they pre­vent get­ting bad habits through social net­work effects (also dis­cussed pre­vi­ously).

via Dav­id DiS­alvo