Blue zones lifestyle

What is the blue zones lifestyle? Blue zones are places where people live the longest there. Dan Buettner identified five places in the world so far as the blue zone. There are Sardina in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula, Loma Linda in California and Ikaria in Greek.  These places looked stunning on the photos published by the National Geographic.

Dan Buttner and his team studied the lifestyle of people live in the blue zone. They share their discovery with the world through his books the blue zones, the blue zones solution, Tedtalk and so on.

Dan Buettner shared the blue zones lifestyle.

Exercise

Exercise is part of their daily routine. People in blue zones walk naturally. They do not go to the gym or use a treadmill. They walk a lot and enjoy nature.

According to entrepreneur.com, successful people like Barak Obama, Warren Buffet and Richard Branson, they all have one thing in common. They exercise regularly. Let look at the world’s oldest leader, the Malaysia Prime Minister at the age of 94 he still can cycle 11km.

Why exercise? Personally, I feel more energetic with regular exercise. I like this one the most, when I feel angry or frustrated with something, I go exercise, be it running or boot camp. I find myself feeling great after exercise. All the negatives emotions seem to left with the sweats. I do not feel I have to kick anyone butt afterwards.

Having a fit body also boost your self-confidence.

City life

How do we incorporate exercise living in a busy city like London?

Like the Blue zones people, walk to places if you can.

I walk 0.6 from home to office one way. It takes me about 13 minutes one way. A round trip per day is 1.2 mile.

Recently, after I learnt about the blue zones lifestyle, I made it a point to use the stairs too. My office is on the third floor and my home also on the third floor.

Sometimes, when I was in a rush, I tend to use the lift instead of the stairs. What was my thinking? I was thinking using the lift is faster than walking upstairs.

Actually, I noticed using the lift and stairs take roughly the same amount of time to get to the third floor. One day, I saw a person waiting for the lift, he got into the lift at the same time I start walking up the stairs. When I reached the third floor, I saw him coming out of the lift. So this teaches me one thing, my mind tricked me to believe using the lift is faster than walking upstairs. Next time, walk it.

Motivation to keep going

I noticed during summer, my body is cool with indoor and outdoor exercise. I could do it every day. I enjoy the run in the park, I can hear the birds sing, squirrels playing on the grass and many other people running and exercising in the park too. Something to different compared to what I see at work. At work, I see computer screens only.

In Autumn, I cut down outdoor exercise because it’s cold out there. I have to wear multiple layers and gloves to exercise. Also, it gets dark early in London during autumn. My solution to this more stairs exercises during autumn/winter.

Eat wisely

The Malaysia Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he is now 94 years old. He shared his secret of staying healthy to the world after being repeatedly asked to share tips during international conferences.

He shared do not overeat. Live to eat, not eat to live. When the food is tasty, stop eating. Very difficult but you have to develop the discipline.

The people in the Blue zones adopt the 80% rule when comes to eating. They stop eating when they are 80% full.

Dr Mahathir Mohamand’s eating habit seems to be similar to the blue zones people eating lifestyle.

Keep your brain active

Keep the brain active is important so that it would not lose its capacity. Use it to talk, argue, debate to keep your mind’s muscle active.

Conclusion

You do not have to move to the blue zones in order to live longer. You can be anywhere in the world. It’s all start with YOU.

Certificate of good standing

The certificate of good standing certifies that your UK company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation. Concurrently, there is no action is currently being taken to strike it off Companies House register.

Generally, it is very easy for your company to achieve good standing status. All you need to do is to make sure you submit your company accounts and confirmation statements with Companies House on time.

In addition, your company must meet minimum company officer appointments requirements. For example, a Public Limited Company (PLC) must have at least two directors and a company secretary with one person director. Whereas for a private limited company, you must have at least one person director.

Companies House will not issue your certificate of good standing if your company’s filings are not up to date. For example, your company account is overdue at the time you request your certificate, Companies House would not issue it until your company account is filed.

When do you require a certificate of good standing?

Normally, if your company are banking overseas, your foreign bank would require you to provide a certified and apostilled certificate of good standing issued by Companies House every year.

In this circumstance, you must obtain your certificate from Companies House first. Thereafter, you arrange your certificate to be stamped by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). You must send in the original certificate not the photocopy of it.

Additional facts on your certificate

You can request to include additional certified facts on your certificate. These include:

  • directors’ names, and details such as date of birth or nationality
  • secretaries’ names
  • registered office address
  • the company’s objects
  • good standing statement

If you have any questions on how to obtain your certificate of good standing, feel free to contact our London accountants.

Power of 8

Power of 8, what does this means? a business coach said usually people give up after two attempts. He further said you are likely to succeed if you attempt 8 times or more.

When I think of the number 8, I am thinking it represents prosperity and wealth. If you put the number 8 horizontally, the number 8 becomes the symbol of infinity. Infinity means limitless, bottomless, endless. Infinity of wealth is great.

I do think the power of 8 has its power. Personally, I like number 8 because it has no sharp edges on the number. To me, it represents smoothness and smooth is good in personal life, career life and business life.

I did attempt something 16 times previously to get what I want. Something that I never done before and I have no clue where to start either. The duration to get what I wanted was 3 years. First, I made the decision to go through the process. I had my super big WHY. This big WHY is very important and it helps you to hang in there when you fed up with life and wanted to give up. Your big WHY has to be super big that it overrides your fear.

Guard your heart, everything you do flow from it

There is a famous quote “guard your heart, for everything you do flow from it.” This is so true. First, you have to decide the path you are going to take. Thereafter, your thinking and actions will come naturally to support your decision.

Let me share with you a true story. A child wanted to join her mother on a mountain hiking trip. Her mother said she was too young (at that time) maybe when she was older. This child has never done any mountain climbing before nor her mother but she strongly believed that she can do it.

A year from that conversation, every year she reminded her mother she wanted to climb that mountain. She went on and on about it. She developed her mountain climbing skills by watching people shared their experiences on YouTube and also watching movies with hiking scenes. Cleverly, she noted down things that she thought would be useful for her hiking trip. She showed her mother the list of items she would need for the mountain hiking trip like the torch, the rain coat, mosquito repellant, snacks, socks and her handwritten list was an A4 size long.

She acted as if her mother would definitely take her hiking. At first, her mother was actually reluctant to take her because she has a heart defect. Many people think taking her hiking is very risky to her health. The child was so determined that she sent out vibes that she would reach the mountain peak no question about it. Her mother saw her determination, she eventually decided to help the child to reach her life goal.

The truth was the child was talking about the mountain climbing trip for 6 years and finally, she did it. On the mountain, she did feel like giving up when the climb was getting tough and she was tired. Again she made the decision to keep going, one step in front of another till she reached to the peak. She understand her mind controls her body and therefore her mind rules over it all. She reached the altitude level of 4000m above sea level.

Later on, they found out there was a research on the impact of altitude on Children’s heart by a group of research cardiologists based in UK. They took children with healthy heart to the first base camp of Mount Everest at 3500m above sea level.

This proof that the child’s mind can over power her heart condition. The child was inspired by the famous quote by Scott Fisher in the movie of the Mount Everest – “ It’s not the altitude, it’s the attitude.”

The child subconsciously used the power of 8 to achieve her life goal. She had definitely talked about her hiking desire more than 8 times in those 6 years and lost count the number of times she revised her mountain climbing list.

Use the power of 8 in your business

Anthony Robbins’s inspiring quote “if you want to take the island, you need to burn the boat.” By burning your boat, the only choice you have is to succeed in taking the island. The power of 8 becomes very useful here until you succeed.

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