The Longest-Living People in the World Say These Are Their Top 5 Favorite Exercises

The moment we are born the clock starts ticking. It is counting down the time we have left to live. For many, death is a scary thought. That’s why mankind has invested an immeasurable amount of time, energy, and resources into trying to find a way to beat death and live forever.

The fact of the matter is no matter how far science comes along, we’re all going to die one day. None of us are promised tomorrow. Having said that, some people in different parts of the world have unlocked secrets to longevity. If you live in America where the average life expectancy is 79 years, this is great news.

Lessons We Can Learn From the Blue Zones

The Blue Zones are five areas in the world where people regularly live long, healthy lives. Dan Buettner, the longevity expert, has dedicated his life’s work to studying the Blue Zones, and has found that the key to long life is a strong sense of purpose, connection to loved ones, and consuming a plant-based diet. But what about exercise? Shouldn’t the Blue Zones have some insights to share with the rest of us about how essential movement is? The answer is, yes!

In fact, people living in the Blue Zones tend to have a different mindset when it comes to exercise. Instead of intense workouts, the focus is on regular movement. It’s this intentional prospective toward regular, routine exercise that separates the people living in the Blue Zones from the rest of the world, especially the United States.

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5 Exercises Inspired by the Blue Zones

1.) Walking

People living in the Blue Zones engage in a lot of walking. It is a big part of their daily routine. They walk to work, the market, the bar, and even to a friend’s house. It helps keep their muscles toned, improves their balance and coordination, boosts their metabolism, keeps their cardiovascular system in pristine condition, and sharpens their mind.

Though it may seem monotonous, don’t underestimate the power of walking. It does miracles for your mind, body, and soul.

2.) Bicycling

If you’re not a fan of walking, you can always ride a bike. That’s what people in the Blues Zones do. In fact, in some areas the preferred, primary mode of transportation is a bicycle. Similarly to walking, riding a bike can easily be worked into your daily routine and is great for your cardiovascular health.

3.) Dancing

Put on your shoes and turn up the music because it is time to hit the dance floor. Dancing is another way people living in the Blue Zones stay young and fit. Dancing isn’t just a fun way to get your heart rate up; it also works wonders for your cognitive health.

4.) Tai Chi

Tai chi, a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing, is a favorite among the people in the Blue Zones. Tai Chi connects the mind to the body, which helps bolster your mental health, reduce your stress, and improve your coordination.

5.) Gardening

Gardening is strength training at its best. It is one of the best activities for longevity too. Gardening is a major aspect of life for people living in the Blue Zones. Many times, people continue to garden well into their 90’s and 100’s. Besides mental and physical benefits, gardening has the ability to boost your mood.

The key take away we can learn from people in the Blue Zones is movement throughout your day is crucial if you want to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Moreover, find movements that you enjoy. The more you enjoy your exercises, the more likely you are to stick with them and benefit from them.


Well + Good

Emily Laurence

April 21, 2021

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