9 Lifestyle Characteristics to Live Better, Longer

At a recent aging conference with Successful Aging AZ, Brian Browne discussed aging and how to age better, longer. He shared numerous ways improve your life based on research from the world’s longest-lived cultures. The research from the places where people lived the longest are called Blue Zones—hotspots around the world where people are thriving into their 100s! There are five places in the world ­– dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California
Those who live in all the blue zones areas share nine specific lifestyle habits or characteristics of the people in these blue zones. Incorporate these into your life to age better, longer. 
Move Naturally:
One of the best things you can do for your health and longevity is to just simply go for a walk. Walking as little as two hours per week can help you live longer and reduce the risk of disease. Walk to the store, walk with a friend, or stroll around the mall or neighborhood. 
Know Your Purpose:
Find what your purpose is and do what you can—whatever that is! If you feel your purpose is to improve the lives of others, join our volunteer team where many of our neighbors fulfil their purpose! 
Combat stress from your life by praying, mediating, or take up a hobby such as crafts or puzzling.
Eat a Plant-based Diet and include Plenty of Whole Grains and Beans
What you put into your body can improve your health and longevity or it can contribute to illness and disease. Stay away from processed foods, avoid dairy and eat less meats. Instead consume fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. 
80% Rule
Eat mindfully and stop eating when you feel your stomach is about 80% full. This rule can help reduce calories, prevent weight gain, and avoid chronic diseases. 
Drink Wine
Resveratrol, the polyphenol found in the skin of grapes, is known to protect the body against damage that puts it at higher risk for cancer, heart disease, and dementia so go ahead and enjoy a glass of wine with your meal or friends. 
Connect More:
Loneliness takes years off our lives. Socialize frequently instead of always spending time alone. Call, text, or email friends or family members and regularly connect with others. Meet for lunch, happy hour or play a game you enjoy. 
Be a part of a group. There are numerous groups you can join such as a silver sneakers, book clubs, or join one of our support groups
Put Loved Ones First
Put your loved ones first, and have some sort of belief system and form social circles that support healthy behaviour patterns.
For more information vitis BlueZones.com