The New York Times Style section has a story on one woman's attempt to obey the "Power 9", or what HuffPost contributor Dan Buettner calls the rules for living a longer life.
Eat less. Make family a priority. Banish stress. I figured it should be no problem to follow most of the common-sense tips that Dan Buettner outlines in "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest" (National Geographic, 2008).
Of course, I was not going to be able to work a nightly glass of mugwort sake into my diet as easily as an Okinawan. Or spend the whole day hiking uphill like a Sardinian shepherd.
But maybe I could take advantage of the culturally isolated and geographically remote environment in which I live -- my basement, in front of a computer -- to create my own blue zone. I hoped, in fact, to find a way to obey the Power 9 -- what Mr. Buettner nicknamed the rules of longevity -- without ever getting up from my desk.
So, how does she fair? Read the rest of the story to find out.
You can also read Dan Buettner's post "How To Live To 100 - Nine Healthy Habits".
Curious to see how you're doing so far? Visit www.bluezones.com to find out your biological age (as opposed to your real age).
Lastly, check out this video interview with Edna Palmer, who will become the oldest person in the world on her upcoming 115th birthday.