If I want to Live Longer and Happier, Should I Choose an Indoor Gym in the City or an Outdoor Gym by the Sea?
I wrote on this topic earlier in a previous article "The Beach Promises a Smarter, Happier, Longer Life & More" ( Click Here to see it), and I want to expand on that. (read more below)
If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Don’t just take my word for it - look to the longest living people in the world for proof.
People in the world’s Blue Zones - areas near the tropical climates and close to the beaches - these places around the world have the highest life expectancy, and they don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms.
Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they are growing gardens, walking throughout the day, and minimizing mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.
In fact, Blue Zones researchers determined that routine natural movement is one of the most impactful ways to increase your life span, and a common habit among the world’s longest-lived populations.
Of course this might not seem realistic or economically feasible, where we’re often careers are tied to a desk and in front of a computer screen all day.
Moving naturally throughout the day might sound pleasant and romantic, but the reality is that decades ago only 10% of the population had sedentary jobs, whereas today it’s 90% of the world's population that is sitting on their butts.
However, there are still easy ways to add more movement into your busy lifestyle.
One of the best ways to do this is to use an active mode of transportation. This could mean (when the weather season allows) walking your kids to school, walking or biking to the grocery store, to a friend’s house, or out to dinner. Ideally you could walk or bike to work as well (or walk/bike to the bus or train station, if that’s more feasible). If you can't do that, then consider a trip to an indoor mall where you can ideally have a 30 minute brisk walk (but make sure you avoid the food court for those unnecessary and unhealthy snacks & food).
If you can't do the mall walk, then consider doing your home activities/tasks with more enthusiasm and energy. Add some upbeat music, stay on your feet, turn off the TV and put away the snacks. Then maybe you'll find these tasks to be more enjoyable if you reminded yourself of the life-extending natural movement involved!
Let's Get Back to the Walking...
A recent study from the American Cancer Society revealed that walking for 6 hours per week resulted in a lower risk of dying from:
Walking is also great medicine for your mind. A daily walk could reduce the risk of dementia by 40%, according to Anders Hansen, a physician and psychiatry specialist from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
If long walks aren’t your thing, then break it up by taking several smaller walks per day instead (5 minutes walks every hour). Make it a point to stand at your desk, or at least get up and move around regularly throughout the day. Get outside at lunch for some fresh air.
The bottom line is that our bodies were designed to move. And that doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. You don’t need to lift heavy weights or grind through high intensity interval workouts to live a long and healthy life.
Simple, natural movement can be even more impactful. Do as the world’s centenarians (this means people living over 100 years) do—move naturally.
Here are a few examples of what we do:
Create positive & active changes in your life. Be Happier & Live Longer!
written by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Coffee entrepreneur, Best selling author
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