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✶藍色慢活區教你長壽的祕訣 Blue Zones: The Secrets to Longevity

Blue Zones: The Secrets to Longevity
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藍色慢活區教你長壽的祕訣 Blue Zones: The Secrets to Longevity
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Living in Blue Zones without feeling blue

    Today, many people are interested in the lifestyle of those who live in Blue Zones to pursue long and healthy lives. For the most part, Blue Zones are areas where people tend to live longer than average. This term was first introduced by a National Geographic Explorer named Dan Buettner. While exploring various regions around the world, he and his team discovered that people in certain places had higher longevity. These people also enjoyed a better quality of life in their elderly years. In his book called The Blue Zones , he talks about five known Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.

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  Buettner concludes that there are nine common features of Blue Zones. On the whole, people living in Blue Zones lead healthy lives, both physically and mentally. For instance, they engage in regular physical activity and take breaks to manage stress. They have plant-based diets and consume moderate amounts of food. In addition, they place a significant emphasis on their sense of purpose, family and community ties, and social networks. All these factors help them live happier and longer than people in other parts of the world.

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Words in Use
zone
[zon]
n. 地區
vt. 將……劃作特殊地區
pursue
[pɚˋsu]
vt. 追求;從事
physically
[ˋfɪzɪk!ɪ]
adv. 身體上
physical
[ˋfɪzɪk!]
a. 身體的,生理的;物理的;實體的,有形的
n. 健康檢查
consume
[kənˋsjum]
vt. 消費;吃;喝;消耗
longevity
[lɑnˋdʒɛvətɪ]
n. . 長壽(不可數)
moderate
[ˋmɑdərɪt]
a. 適度的
community
[kəˋmjunətɪ]
n. 社區;界,共同利益團體、社會
Practical Phrases
for the most part
 一般而言、整體來說
= on the whole
= in general
= generally speaking
= by and large

Jenny enjoys her job, for the most part.
整體來說,珍妮喜歡她的工作。

tend to V
 容易......;有……的傾向
= be prone to
= be prone to V
= be inclined to V
= be likely to V

We tend to take natural resources for granted nowadays.
現今,我們往往將自然資源視為理所當然。

a quality of life
 生活品質

Exercising regularly can improve people's quality of life.
規律運動可以改善人們的生活品質

place an emphasis on...
 強調/重視⋯⋯

The company places a great emphasis on the quality of its products.
該公司很重視其產品的品質。

on the whole
 大體上說;一般而言
= in general
= generally speaking
= by and large
= for the most part

On the whole, girls in Asia are shyer than boys.
一般而言,亞洲女孩子比男孩子害羞。

請依句意在空格內填入適當的字詞
黛安決定追求成為作家的夢想。
Diane decided to _______ her dream of becoming a writer.
法蘭克往往在演講前感到緊張。
Frank __________ get nervous before giving a speech.
如果你想要減肥,每天喝很多水會有幫助。
If you want to lose weight, _____________ a lot of water every day can be helpful.

 

答案: 1. pursue 2. tends to 3. consuming

住在藍色慢活區一點都不憂鬱
  現今,許多人對住在藍色慢活區的人們的生活方式感興趣,以追求長壽及健康的人生。整體來說,藍色慢活區是人們普遍活得比平均壽命更久的區域。這個詞彙最初是由一名叫做丹.布特納的國家地理探險家提出的。在探索世界各地時,他和他的團隊發現特定地區的人們較長壽。這些人也在老年時享受較好的生活品質。在他一本叫做《 藍色寶地:解開長壽真相,延續美好人生》的書中,他談到五個已知的藍色慢活區,分別是義大利的薩丁尼亞島、日本的沖繩、希臘的伊卡利亞島、哥斯大黎加的尼科亞,以及加州的羅馬琳達。
  布特納總結說藍色慢活區有九個共同的特徵。整體來說,住在藍色慢活區的人們過著在生理上及心理上都很健康的生活。例如,他們定期從事需要體力的活動並休息以調適壓力。他們以植物性飲食為主並攝取適量的食物。此外,他們非常重視人生的意義、家庭和社區的關係以及社交網絡。以上這些因素幫助他們活得比世界上其他地方的人們更快樂也更長壽。

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