The last chapter in "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest" focuses on the power nine, which are steps for longevity. After each step there are some helpful suggestions on how to integrate that step into your life. I thought I would give you an example of how I changed my life to create a healthier lifestyle.
When I moved back to Washington D.C. eight years ago I found a work space and a home space in the same community. I have had years of my life where I had really long commutes and spent hours in the car each day. When I moved my practice and my home closer together I had much more time to enjoy nature and walk around my neighborhood. I started walking around the park but soon I started walking a couple of miles to the grocery store or the metro train station. I would invite my friends to walk with me and keep me company. I really enjoyed having the access to exercise without having to think about it. It relieved some of the frustration I had with going to a gym. I don’t enjoy walking on the treadmill for an hour but I love walking outside. I also realized that after I had walked all summer and got use to walking when the fall came I was more likely to wear heavier clothes and bear the colder temperatures. I am not a cold weather person so it is quite a feat for me to say I was walking six miles on the weekend at the end of November.
This is just one example of how I started to put these principles into my life before I even know about the book so I know this works. The key is to start with something that you know you have an interest in and it can blossom from there.
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Dr. Dae's Bio:
“Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Daemon Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).