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Blue Zones offers stress-relieving tips

Walking Moai teams set
Sep 17, 2013

The Blue Zones Project team in Fairfield is reminding Fairfield residents to find a stress-relieving strategy and make it a routine this month.

According to Blue Zones Project leaders, stress “leads to chronic inflammation, which is tied to every major age-related disease. While no one’s immune to stress, the world’s longest-lived people in Blue Zones areas have routines to shred it. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap, and Sardinians enjoy happy hour. … You’ll benefit from the inside out.”

According to information from the Blue Zones Project, “physical activity might be the best stress buster. A person who puts his or her body into motion each day can lift his mood, reduce cravings and lower blood pressure.”

The Blue Zones information also states: “A great way to Move Naturally is to participate in the Healthiest State Walk.” The 1K- or 0.62 mile-walk is set for Oct. 9. The Jefferson County Health Center has registered to host a walk. Visit the websitewww.iowahealthieststate.com for information.

Getting seven to nine hours of sleep also is suggested as one of the best ways to refresh. Without adequate sleep, there is a greater risk for obesity, stroke and breast cancer.

Research shows a healthy dose of laughter can lower blood pressure and stress hormones, boost endorphins and give immunity an overall lift, so the Blue Zones Project suggests setting up a regular happy hour with friends.

Easy ways suggested to de-stress include indulging in quiet time with a long bath; breathing deeply for 10 minutes with eyes closed; connecting by calling a good friend; learning a new hobby; and napping for 15 minutes.

For more information and to check out the Blue Zones personal pledge, visit the website www.bluezonesproject.com.

Fairfield residents who make the personal pledge, choose and complete actions to improve their well-being help the community get one step closer to becoming a Blue Zones Community.

 

Walking Moai teams set

The Blue Zones Project team in Fairfield is encouraging Fairfield residents to join a Walking Moai team.

Moai teams are groups of people who walk together at least once a week for 10 weeks.

The term “moai” is from Okinawa, Japan, and means “meeting for a common purpose.” It originated as a way for villagers to support each other in times of need. Walking Moai teams encourage the same social support while adding the physical benefit of walking.

The Blue Zones Project encourages people to move naturally each day. Organizers say since spending time with friends can have a big impact on health and happiness, it is great to walk together. Teams spend time building friendships while tracking steps.

Registration and participation are free.

For registration or information, email contact@bluezonesprojectfairfield.com or call Sue Gail at 469-5373 or Deb Arnold at 472-3906.

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