Drink wine, don't exercise and live long

How to live to be 100 years old? Centenarians do not go in for sports, drink wine daily and do not follow diets. To live assertively and energetically up to a record age is within the power of everyone.

Centenarians do not exercise, drink wine daily, and do not diet. They also love to work in their garden and live in large friendly families. The conclusions of the famous American traveler and writer Dan Buettner, who explored the "blue zones of the Earth" - the places where people live the longest on the planet.

The longest life expectancy in the world is for men from the mountainous province of Sardinia Nuoro and women living in Okinawa. Living to 100 for a Sardinian man is like two fingers… well. you understand.

What unites these people from different parts of the world, what do they do differently than we do? Buttner talks about this, formulating the rules of longevity. Some are very consonant with my ideas about life.

For example, these people do not go in for sports - they organize their lives in such a way that they are constantly included in one or another physical activity. Any exit to the church, guests, even the store is a walk. Everyone has a small garden. If they go in for sports, they do only what they like, what gives them pleasure.

They have a compulsory practice of relaxation or meditation, 15 minutes a day. Sardinians pray at this time, for example. This quarter of an hour allows you to counteract the processes of excitation in the brain, and life expectancy increases as the level of stress decreases.

Society is designed in such a way that the value of the elderly is very high and the elderly occupy an important place in the family. Inclusion in a large family increases the life expectancy of the elderly by 4-6 years and has a positive effect on the health of children.

In these societies there is a concept of purpose in life, ikigai. Faith means a lot. At the same time, the family occupies an unconditional first place in the system of values.

Centenarians drink some wine almost daily, and 80% of their diet is plant-based. They eat meat, but occasionally. They have their own tricks to prevent overeating - for example, to fill up on 80% (the principle of a half-full glass, yeah). At the same time, Sardinians eat late at night, eat pasta in the evenings, do not give up alcohol - in a word, they do not follow any of the well-known dietary rules.

The social circle of centenarians consists of "suitable people." In other words, they do not communicate with those with whom it is difficult and impossible to build relationships.

Such simple rules.

When my family and I were vacationing in Sardinia last summer. I could not help but pay attention to the beauty and harmony of people, to their obvious commitment to the family, to what a calm, open atmosphere reigns there. I remember that on a hot afternoon, my family and I were walking around the city, and I dreamily stretched out, saying that I would like to rent such a wonderful house here for arranging psychotherapeutic practice. And then she corrected herself - nothing will come of it, no one needs psychotherapy here. There is a Catholic church here, supporting a large family - they perform the functions that a psychotherapist assumes in our society.

I would have been much more enthusiastic about this speech if, in the last minutes, Buettner would not have “walked” over fat people, commenting on the thesis about surrounding himself with inappropriate people. Yes, according to the speaker, fat people are bad company, because if three of your closest friends are obese, then your chances of being overweight increase by 50%. It is understandable, Buettner thoughtfully notes, in this case you are surrounded by unhealthy people with unhealthy habits. The parallel "overweight man - unhealthy man" is the same myth that Buettner debunks at the beginning of his speech. We recall Prutkov: “A specialist is like a flux, his fullness is one-sided,” and we sympathize with the author, who is looking for suitable people only among the slender, while people with what is considered overweight by modern standards make up almost half of the population of developed countries.

But let's separate the information from its carrier, the observations about longevity are very interesting.

Dan Buethner: How to Live to 100

To find a path to a long and healthy life, Dan Buethner and his team are exploring the "blue zones" of the world - societies in which old people live assertively and vigorously up to a record age. In his TEDxTC talk, he shares 9 nutritional and lifestyle rules to help keep you alert even if you're over 100. Posted by svetlyachok