The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

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National Geographic Books, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 277 pages
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With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What's the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life. Buettner's colossal research effort has taken him from Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond. In the societies he visits, it's no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, shed stress, nourish their bodies, and view their world yields more good years of life. You'll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, an 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day, and others. By observing their lifestyles, Buettner's teams have identified critical everyday choices that correspond with the cutting edge of longevity research and distilled them into a few simple but powerful habits that anyone can embrace.
 

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This book was good, but I think it could have been condensed considerably. The narratives were mildly interesting, but not terribly compelling (to me). I did like the last chapter on "Your Personal ... Read full review

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it is a great book. i highly recommend it. great info to live a long and happy life Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Get Ready to Change Your Life
iii
The Truth About Living Longer
1
The Sardinian Blue Zone
23
The Blue Zone in Okinawa
65
An American Blue Zone
121
Discovering Costa Ricas Blue Zone
167
Your Personal Blue Zone
225
Bibliography
263
Index
269
Illustration Credits
279
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Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer, the writer of numerous articles on longevity, the founder of Quest Network, Inc., and a producer of more than a dozen interactive expeditions. His cover story for National Geographic magazine, "Secrets of Living Longer," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

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