longevity secrets

longevity ‘I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.’ –Diane Ackerman
Today, a dear friend posted the following article on her Fit to Inspire (http://www.fittoinspire.com) FB page: Blue Zones: where people ‘forget to die’ http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/can-we-get-old-and-still-be-healthy#.UInFS-iFLe8.gmail
The author of The Blue Zones: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest shares 9 secrets of longevity:
• Move naturally. “Do your own house and yard work, go up and down your stairs with your laundry, knead your own dough “Incorporate more movement every hour.”
• Know your purpose. “Take time to recognize your values, strengths, talents, passions and gifts.” Reflect, and work on yourself.
• Down shift. Relieve chronic stress by finding time each day to nap, meditate or pray.
• The 80% rule. Cut 20 percent of your daily calories with proven healthy practices: eat a big breakfast, dine with your family, and begin each meal by expressing appreciation.
• Plant slant. Eat mostly plant-based foods, and small portions of meat no more than twice a week.
• Wine at 5. Drinkers live longer than non-drinkers.
• Family first. Living in a loving, thriving family can add up to six years to your life. Work on a positive, committed relationship and stay close to your aging parents and grandparents.
• Belong.“Those with the most social connectedness tend to live longer,” Be part of a group of healthy-minded, supportive people.
• Right tribe. Good friends have a positive effect on your longevity. Support them and adopt healthy behaviors together.

About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

2 responses »

  1. How exciting for Fit to Inspire to be mentioned here Mahi! Great article to post on the blog. Especially as it is great advice for the young and the old! Rebeca

  2. Reblogged this on georgie's mummy and commented:
    I really want to share this post by my dear friend Mahi who has just started one of the most positive and hearty blogs I have read. 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest is a good reminder to all of us. Stay grounded.

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