In the article, Craig talks about a friend of his who is in her 90's. He uses his discussion about her to segway into the topics of longevity and health. The focal point of these topics is a book titled "The Blue Zone" written by Dan Buettner, a journalist/researcher. Buettner describes areas in the world where people live the longest as "Blue Zones." As I read this, I recalled an article that I had read in the past that described the island of Okinawa, Japan as having more centenarians (people over 100 years old) than any other place in the world. So curiously I read on, hoping to find some secret clue to my own personal fountain of youth.
I patiently read on as Craig rambled and pitched a free website: "bluezones.com." So tonight as I rushed into the house I couldn't wait to log on-line to check it out. Turns out they offer what's called a Vitality Compass. This is a specially constructed quiz that will tell you when you're going to die. Well, not exactly.... But it does provide some insight into your future based on your current habits. I broke down and took the quiz and tried my best to be honest. I think I may have stretched the truth just a minor bit but mostly, I was honest. The compass offered the following information:
- Biological age
- Life expectancy
- Healthy Life expectancy
- Blue Zone years
Turns out my biological age is about 11 years younger than my actual age and my life expectancy is 93.3 years. According to the compass, I can expect to be healthy until I'm about 81 years and then my health may suffer the last 12 years or so of my life.
So there you have it. If you're curious and want some entertainment, give it a shot. Something to think about. The site is loaded with useful information. Contrary to what the Vitality Compass says about me, I happen to feel like I've been headed "South" for the last few years. This just might be the right inspiration to change directions to a Northerly heading and live better and longer. Follow this link if you want to try it: Blue Zones