Blue Zone Lessons

The term Blue Zone has been popping up more and more in recent years. Blue Zones have been gaining more attention as we have a thirst for knowing how to live longer and happier. So what are they exactly and how can they teach us to live a more well-rounded life? Blue Zones came from a National Geographic cover store in 2005 called, "The Secrets of a Long Life". The article named five areas that have evidence of the communities living healthier and longer lives.

So where are these happy and healthy people? The five communities are….

· Okinawa, Japan

· Sardinia, Italy

· Nicoya, Costa Rica

· Icaria, Greece

· Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California

What do these communities do to earn the title of a Blue Zone? The researchers, Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, found four commonalities among these areas. These are four things that they do to achieve life fulfillment. Let’s look at these four characteristics and how we can incorporate them into our lives.

The first pillar is that the people move regularly. This movement goes beyond exercising. They found daily bursts of movement throughout the day to keep the body moving. The takeaway is that your daily focused exercise routine is important but if you are sedentary the rest of the day it will only get you so far. Make sure you are taking movement breaks every hour to keep muscles loose and your body limber!