Many people have one huge goal in life, which is to live a healthy, long existence, and ultimately, reverse aging. “How do I get some R&R and longevity,” might you wonder? The best ways to foster such a journey, of course, is by maintaining a wholesome diet and exercising consistently. Did you know that time off from work also plays a key role in living longer? In fact, not getting away can negatively impact your overall health.
According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2015, there were nearly 500,000 centenarians (people who are 100 years old and up) on Earth. That number quadrupled since 1990. By 2050, 3.7 million centenarians are estimated to live on our planet. If you’d like a long life and good health to be in the cards for you, we have five destinations in the world you need to visit—or move to—that are linked to longevity. They’re called blue zones and were founded by Dan Buettner, multiple New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. Let’s just say, you really need them in your life.
Read on to learn more about these incredible “fountain of youth”-filled destinations and how you can reverse aging. Next up, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
This breathtaking part of the world is filled with history, white sand beaches, festivals, and amazing weather. In fact, the region is famous for a six-month-long summer season, so you really can’t go wrong in planning some spectacular time here under the sun.
If you’re looking to reverse aging, Sardinia happens to be home to the greatest number of male centenarians on Earth. According to Blue Zones, although much may be genetic, Sardinians keep a wholesome plant-based diet, are physically active, and place much importance on family time. They go fishing, hunting, and consume the crop they grow.
A big tradition in this area is to enjoy fresh pecorino cheese which comes from sheep that are grass-fed. Goat’s milk is also a common beverage here, and it is a great way to ward off health issues that can arise with aging. Oh, and if you like wine, the locals here moderately sip cannonau wine, which may be why the male population seems to endure less stress.
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Ikaria is filled with much culture and history, set against the backdrop of lush valleys, picturesque mountains, and beautiful beaches. Enjoy some traditional recipes that are homemade by Ikaria’s residents, and learn how to dance the “Ikariotikos” at a village fair, according to Visit Ikaria.
Ikarians are big on napping and are very loyal to a Mediterranean diet, consuming many whole grains, veggies, olive oil, fruit, beans, and potatoes. The best secret to learn on this Mediterranean island? How the locals seem to be experts on the reverse aging process. Thirty-three percent of the population apparently lives very healthily—right into their 90s. Traveling to Ikaria to get in on some of that sounds pretty appealing, are we right?
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This beautiful peninsula is a very popular area to visit, most specifically if you’re seeking a beach and sunshine-filled getaway. According to CostaRica.org, some say the Nicoya Peninsula is the best surfing spot on the planet. Water sports and eco-tourism are incredibly popular in this destination. Locals and visitors enjoy adventuring through caves and even going bird watching.
One thing is for sure: In addition to experiencing these activities, you will find the traditions of the Nicoyans extraordinary, as they have a guided purpose in life. This is known as a “plan de vida.”
Many Nicoyans live to be over 90 years of age. How do they do it? They not only stay away from processed food, but they also include plenty of tropical fruits, corn, squash, and beans in their diet (via Time). They spend much time outside in the fresh air and are known for being very strong and healthy.
Check out some castle ruins, nature that exudes unparalleled beauty, and “nuchigusui”—aka “medicine of life”—which is how Okinawans describe their food (via Visit Okinawa). Food is not something to just consume in this part of the world; meals are meant to feed both the mind and body. The people of Okinawa thrive in a very close circle of loved ones (their moai), supporting one another through stressful times (via Time). In addition, Okinaka is home to the longest-living women in the world, and once you visit and learn about the Okinawans, you’ll see why.
The meaning of Loma Linda is “Beautiful Hill.” This neck of the woods has always been a healthy, fit environment in which to live. The community prides itself on a laid-back lifestyle, and it’s filled with culture. Here you can see the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains, so you’ll certainly get your fill of gorgeous scenery. Many people flock to this destination, whether to teach, learn, do some research, or heal. Apparently, once they do, they don’t want to leave.
The people of Loma Linda eat well. According to Time, a good majority of the natives consume plant-based foods, nuts, and whole grains, but they stay away from any meat. They live by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and believe in community. The Sabbath day is a time to relax, reset, and ponder. Loma Linda Adventists live as much as 10 years more than other Americans.