I saw a mention in the paper the other day about a website called BlueZones.com and am glad I checked it out. Skimming the home page I've concluded that a guy wrote a book about what he calls Blue Zones, the places in the world where people seem to live the longest.
All the other sections on the site support that goal by offering "daily, practical tips and up-to-the-minute research on health and aging." I won't read any of it because it's pretty obvious to most adults, even me, what is good for us and what is bad for us and we make those choices every day, already knowing the risks and benefits. Do I know walking is better than driving? Green beans are healthier than milkshakes? Of course.
What I wanted to find and did, was the Vitality Compass, a 35 question quiz that promises to be "the most accurate life estimator ever," unless you get hit by a car coming through the window at the Starbucks where you are WiFiing the survey, I guess. Bet the quiz didn't see that one coming.
So I took the test answering predictable questions about body type, age, race, habits (both physical and mental) and guess what? I should live to be 90.6. They didn't ask about family members, but that is, I think, fairly consistent with the age many of my relatives lived to be.
My today age given my lifestyle was 41.9 which is less than my actual age, my healthy life expectancy was 79.3 meaning my last ten years are gonna suck, and I could apparently add 4.6 years by "optimizing my lifestyle." That is the one that must be site's moneymaker but I did not click on the link to meet my Vitality Coach however I'm sure he's selling pills, exercise equipment or Martian water.
If you go there, how did you do? Will I be the last man standing at age 90 or will there still be readers of this blog?