What Are Blue Zones?

There are a few places in the world that are called “Blue Zones.” The term refers to geographic areas in which people have low rates of chronic disease and live longer than anywhere else.

Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder, is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered five places in the world ­– dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest:

Okinawa, Japan;

Sardinia, Italy;

Nicoya, Costa Rica;

Ikaria, Greece,

Loma Linda, California.


12 characteristics of “Blue Zones”

  1. Air quality in your environment (dont smoke, go for walks in bush)

  2. Wild plants, herbs, and spices

  3. Avoid processed food

  4. High amount of legumes

  5. Low-level physical activity throughout the day (don’t always max out, you won’t find F45’s, Orange Theory or Barry’s Boot Camp in Blue Zones or any other H.I.I.T gym’s. You will see people constantly moving, shifting, doing loaded carry’s and walking )

  6. Social engagement

  7. Drink healthy forms of alcohol

  8. Calorie restriction and fasting

  9. Strong life purpose

  10. Low amounts of stress

  11. Spiritual discipline and belief in a higher power (meditation or box breathing can replace this)

  12. Physical intimacy (make love)