Want to Live to 100? Start with This One Simple Action
To achieve optimal health, you don’t need treadmills or weight machines.
And don’t just take my word for it — look at the longest-lived people in the world for your evidence.
The world’s longest-living people, known for their exceptional longevity and relatively low rates of chronic diseases, are found in specific regions known as “Blue Zones.”
Blue Zones are areas around the world where people live significantly longer than the global average and have higher proportions of centenarians (individuals aged 100 and above). The concept of Blue Zones was popularized by the work of National Geographic Fellow and author Dan Buettner.
So what’s their secret to longevity?
It turns out that instead of grueling workouts, it’s the way they live that keeps them going.
Indeed, their lifestyles are naturally active as they reside in environments that unconsciously encourage movement. They cultivate gardens, walk regularly throughout the day, and reduce reliance on mechanical conveniences for household and yard tasks.
Researchers studying Blue Zones have found that incorporating regular natural movement is one of the most effective ways to extend life expectancy, a shared practice among the world’s longest living communities.
However, it’s understandable that this might seem challenging in our current economy, where many of us are confined to desks and computer screens throughout the day.
Our sedentary lifestyles are causing every modern medical malaise. From obesity to heart disease, diabetes and more.
While the idea of moving naturally throughout the day might seem unrealistic for us, the stark reality is that a century ago, only a small minority of people had sedentary jobs, whereas today, this is the majority.
So how can we fight the urge to be couch potatoes?
Incorporating more movement into your hectic lifestyle can be achieved through simple strategies. For example, opting for active modes of transportation is among the best approaches. Start small. Instead of taking the car, walk to nearby destinations like your kids’ school, the grocery store, a friend’s house, or even when going out for dinner. Embrace these easy choices for a healthier, more active life. The fact that it’s also better for the environment is just an added benefit.
Ideally you could even walk to work as well, but we understand this isn’t possible for people who live far away from their jobs.
And for those of you who work from home, or in a hybrid arrangement — consider an afternoon walk on your break. It doesn’t have to be long.
In fact, studies reveal that a 15-minute walk each way is the optimal work commute for your well-being.
A recent study by the American Cancer Society highlighted the significant benefits of walking. Engaging in six hours of walking per week was associated with a reduced risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer when compared to being inactive. Surprisingly, even as little as two hours of weekly walking showed positive effects, lowering the risk of disease and promoting longevity. Lace up your shoes and take those steps towards a healthier life!
In addition to its physical benefits, walking proves to be excellent medicine for the mind. According to Anders Hansen, a physician and psychiatry specialist from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, taking a daily walk could potentially lower the risk of dementia by an impressive 40%. So, step out and give your mind the care it deserves!
Walking is a time-honored practice that has been part of human evolution for centuries. It connects us to our natural surroundings, allows us to appreciate the beauty of the world, and grants us moments of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Beyond its physical benefits, walking offers a myriad of mental and emotional advantages. It clears our minds, reduces stress, and boosts creativity. With each step, we experience a sense of freedom and independence, allowing us to leave behind the confines of our daily routines.
Walking is a journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to reflect, meditate, and find inner peace. It strengthens our connection with our bodies and instills a sense of mindfulness, helping us be present in the moment.
Now, there are some people who find walking to be a chore and a total bore. So this is how we make it more ‘fun’ and motivating — while also stimulating your mind.
Enter the Crown
The Crown turns the mundane into magic.
Rather than walking to clear your mind, walk while focusing on something you’ve been working on. Use this time to think creatively. You can wear it before you step outside and track your progress while you walk. The Crown detects your brainwave patterns and responds in real-time to your mental engagement. It’s like stepping into a video game, but instead of using a controller, you’re using the power of your mind. You can even challenge yourself to beat your last focus score.
For example, a few days ago I wore the Crown on my daily 15 minute walk, and I focused on all the work I had to do for the week, planning it in my mind. I was very focused and the Crown allowed me to quantify that data.
Now, I turn each stroll into a memorable journey of creativity and mental clarity.
Walking is not just about the destination; it’s about the journey itself, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings and experience a sense of wonder in the world. So, whether it’s a leisurely stroll through nature’s embrace or an invigorating urban hike, let us embrace the art of walking and revel in the joy it brings to our lives!
Remember, just 15 minutes makes a world of difference.