In the United States, the average life expectancy is 79 years. It’s only natural, then, for Americans to want to know the secrets of the Blue Zones, five places in the world where people regularly live long, healthy lives into their 100s. Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner has devoted his professional life to sharing what he’s learned. In part, there’s an emphasis on the importance of a strong sense of purpose, connection to loved ones, and eating a plant-forward diet. Buettner’s cookbook, The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100, reveals what healthy eating looks like for many of the centenarians he’s encountered. But what about movement? Surely, he can recommend exercises for longevity, too.
People in Blue Zones think a little differently about movement. Instead of intense workouts, the focus is put on regular movement throughout the day. “Their lives are dynamic. Not a constant go, go, go, but a mix of movement, then rest,” Emily Kiberd, DC, founder of New York City’s Urban Wellness Clinic, previously told Well+Good.
Excerpted from Well + Good