Do you want to live for 100 years? Your answer is probably, “Yes, if I’m healthy.” No one wants to be ill or suffer from pain, particularly in our old age.
According to BBC, one city in the US is making a firm commitment to helping its residents live long and healthy for 100 years. And it is Naples in Florida, California.
The city is making healthy living an ‘unavoidable’ choice for its residents. They are encouraging schools to let children exercise before lessons. Also the city is redesigning their old roads, making it easy for people to cycle and walk. Supermarkets are being urged to offer fresh food, while restaurants offer healthier menu.
Naples are implementing all these changes by learning lessons from parts of the world where people live the longest. The city is emulating lifestyle of five cities where high numbers of residents live the longest. And yes, you guessed it right, Okinawa in Japan was selected as one of them.
Okinawa is made up with more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. The population of 138,431, and most of its residents are free from Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, depression and cancer.
Sure, Okinawa’s warm climate helps, but what else are the secrets of such happy longevity? Research shows that it is the well-balanced Okinawan lifestyle that helps live healthy and for a long time. Here is the list of 10 lifestyle choices that can be implemented by our viewers.
Many people in Okinawa have their own garden, where they grow their own vegetables. They are also surrounded by the ocean, so seafood is abundant. If you are not so lucky environmentally, you could try some of the items below:
The city of Naples actually visited Okinawa and spent some time to learn about their lifestyle. Perhaps you can do the same! There are many airlines flying to Okinawa from Tokyo and Osaka.
Remember, though. Okinawa is the mainland, but it is in face made up with many islands. If you’d like to see more traditional lifestyle, it’s best to visit smaller islands. Takaski’s favorites are Miyako and Ishigaki. Most major airlines fly to both islands directly from Tokyo, though they are quite pricey. If you have a limited budget, ANA’s budget airline Vanila Air flies to Ishigaki directly.
Interested in Okinawan lifestyle? Want to visit Okinawa or know more about Okinawan food? Write to us anytime and we’ll try to give you some pointers.