Sardinians do hills

Sardinia, an island off of the coast of Italy, is a place where scientists have been trying for years to discover why the residents live such long lives.  The Melis family was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2012 for having the world’s oldest combined age in a family, nine elderly siblings equaling 818 years! To Alfonso Melis, one of the celebrated siblings, the secret to long life is not exactly that complicated. When asked the question, he simply said: “We eat genuine food, meaning lots of minestrone and little meat and we are always working.”  (from http://www.ibtimes.com)

In Sardinia they…

Live on mountainous terrain and going anywhere involves a workout in well-oxygenated mountain air. They also get plenty of vitamin D from the sunshine.

What we can do:

Try to exercise regularly in an unpolluted area. Take a vacation somewhere similar so you can give hiking a try.  Just keep moving whenever possible. Get outside in the sunlight (taking care not to burn) to ensure adequate vitamin D.

In Sardinia they…

Believe the family to be of paramount importance.  Centenarians usually have a grandchild tending to their needs and making them feel needed and loved.

What we can do:

Love and encourage our children to get the most out of life – and hope they’ll pay us back when we are old and frail. Find meaningful relationships elsewhere also.

In Sardinia they…

Get up at dawn to tend to their vegetables, chase after animals, chop wood, and do household chores. They retire at dusk and their sleep patterns are in harmony with light and dak, therefore they keep their circadian rhythms in sync.

What we can do:

Try to get our circadian rhythms on track by going to bed and rising at approximately the same time each day.

In Sardinia they…

Keep busy and carry on climbing the steep mountains to get around even in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and 100s.

What we can do:

Remember that it’s never too late to start keeping mentally and physically active as much as you are able.

In Sardinia they…

Live in the present, tending to tasks, and enjoying nature and family.

What we can do:

Keep busy! To have the energy to keep busy, you need to eat well and be fit. These things all feed into each other.

In Sardinia they…

Enjoy working hard because it is done out of love for each other.

What we can do:

Find work we enjoy doing and which has meaning for us.

In Sardinia they…

Practice their strong Roman Catholic faith at home and in the many chapels dotting the countryside.

What we can do:

Practice our faith or explore our own spirituality or personal philosophy in order to give a wider meaning to our existence.

In Sardinia they…

Have a strong will, high self-esteem, and stubbornness. The word ‘sardonic’ which has its roots in Sardinia arose from the Sardinian way of making jokes at one another’s expense, thus preventing lingering resentment.

What we can do:

  • Express (‘express’ literally means ‘to squeeze out’) our feelings rather than letting them fester.
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The next time I am at this spot it will be on my snowshoes!

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