Want to live to 100? Dan Buettner knows the secret to longevity, and it’s a lot simpler than you might think. The National Geographic Fellow has scoured the globe for years in pursuit of places where people live much longer than average, and he’s dubbed these regions “Blue Zones.”
These locations boast the highest population of centennials—folks who make it to age 100—and people there experience extremely low rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other preventable diseases. To date, he’s pinpointed five Blue Zones: Okinawa, Japan; the Ogliastra region of Sardinia; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. Buettner examined these places to learn the habits of their abnormally healthy humans and chronicled his findings in a pair of books: The Blue Zones and The Blue Zone Solution.
Here are nine of those habits, along with anecdotes from folks who are practicing them as part of the Blue Zones Project, an initiative in which communities across the U.S. try to mimic the Blue Zone lifestyle.
This article was originally published by our partners at Runner's World.