A little string of villages in China have cracked the longevity code. Here’s how you live to be 100.
Centenarian riding a bike
Chengmai, China. Within a population of just over 500.000 there are moe than 200 people at an age above 100. This is one of the highest density of centenarians in the world and it seems like these people have cracked the code to lengevity.
Outside of China there are other clusters of longevity which includes Cuba, the islands off Greece, Japan and a couple of other. Now what do the people in Chenmai and these places have in common? Besides from living on a primarily plant based diet and having strong family bonds, they all live a lifestyle which requires physical activity. No they don’t go to the gym but they get their daily exercise from how they live.
“I’ve never done any exercise, except hard farmwork,” said 86 year-old Wang Kailu, who lives in a simple concrete shack with his wife Wu Aihe.
Now you might have guessed where I’m heading with this; We should do what the people who live the longest do and try activate ourselves throughout the day instead of just hitting the gym once or twice a week. Exercise shouldn’t be binary. This was also proven by Dan Buettners in his research about blue zones where the number one key to longevity is to move naturally.
Try to include Nano Workouts in your daily routine and you will both feel better but also live longer.
Source: Tom Hancock (AFP)
Climbing a mountain is both healthy and fun.
Exercise with moderation and live longer and healthier.
Research from the The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study performed by the Cooper Institute in Texas shows that one of the reasons we are experiencing an obesity epidemic is simply that we move less than we used to.
Some of the not-so-positive stats provided by the study (based on US only):
- ¼ trips are one mile or less, but ¾ of those trips are done by car.
- Children ages 5-15 bike 40% less than they did in the 70’s.
- In the US only 6% of all trips are by walking or biking. In Sweden it’s 49%.
The study provides a list of small lifestyle changes you can do to get more activity into your everyday. If you are a regular reader of Nano Workouts you know that this is pretty much what this blog is dedicated to, and who am I to argue with science.
Run, but not too fast or too long
Another study from ACLS also tracked 5000 men and women who were runners. The study showed that people who ran less than 20 miles a week, at a pace of six to seven miles an hour, had a 19% lower risk of dying from any cause when compared to non-runners. But, runners to ran more miles at a faster pace did not have any additional survival benefits. Not very surprising the study also showed that walkers suffered less risk of injury than runners. Moderation is key.
Link to reserch presentation (PDF)