Rather than popping on MindBody to book a spot on a stationary spin bike, you’ll find these connoisseurs of carpe diem walking to work, taking the stairs, and indulging in a mid-afternoon stretch, according to Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who Have Lived the Longest. They’re also big fans of growing their own gardens, and using non-mechanical approaches to complete yard and housework.
There’s a whole bunch of science supporting this back-to-basics approach, reports Quartzy: Americans have reported that their daily car commute is the most dreaded part of their everyday lives, according to NPR, so replacing it with a leisurely stroll could majorly help to de-stress. And last year, the American Cancer Society found that a daily stroll could reduce the risk of dementia by 40 percent. Plus (just to drive the point home), a report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this year found that walking at 2.7 fits the bill for moderate-intensity exercise.
Sure, 9 to 5ers with highly sedentary jobs don’t always have the opportunity to frolic about at your leisure. But chances are you could squeeze in some time for a quick walk around the block, stretching as you refill your coffee cup, or dancing to your jam-of-the-moment.
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