In doing more research about longevity, I ran across a book titled “The Blue Zones”. It was written by or in conjunction with National Geographic, which seems kind of weird to me.
I guess the link to National Geographic is that a bunch of scientists did research on longevity and looked at places where people lived to be older than the overall global average…or something like that. So, of course, I got a copy of the book. (I’ll review it soon.)
I also found the website that supports the book…and they have a test you can take that tells you your “biological age”, compared to your chronological age.
If you are a sucker for tests, it’s worth a look. (It’s one of the less cheesy tests I’ve seen…and isn’t too heavy with the marketing for book or consulting services.)
For me, it said my “two” ages are 0.2 years apart but that I could add 22 years by:
- Cutting out Junk Food (gains me 1862 days of life)
- Being Friendly (adds 1156 days)
- Attending a religious service (being religious adds 815 days)
- Enjoying some fruit (give 584 days)
- Exercise Regularly (gains 475 days)
- Eat whole grains (377 days I won’t get, if I’m gluten free)
- Eat my vegetables (only 183 days!)
- Reduce anxiety (158 days)
- Cut salt intake (158 days)
- Move naturally (49 days)
The key message I took away from the quiz:while there are things that could quickly add days to my years (like cutting out the junk food), other things would make those years higher quality (exercise and community).
Even if the test (and book) are a little goofy, these are worth pondering…