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Longevity: Another Look At Some Studies Around Naples, Florida

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014

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First of all let’s get one thing out of the way.  Can you live a healthy life just about anywhere?  Of course, I think so.  I am not a doctor and you should consult one before going off on any health regimen but many of us could work on our lifestyles a bit.  For some reason  Naples, Florida keeps scoring well on the health studies.  Let’s take a look.

The Naples News reported women here tend to live longer than national averages. Just last week we read another article in the News stating we are among the healthiest in the state – please see


Maybe the climate leads to more than we know. I think our weather leads to more outdoor activity. Who wants to be cooped up on a sunny day? Not many. Once outside there is much to do from cycling to running to swimming and triathlons or perhaps just a little tropical gardening or a walk on the beach.  Bombarded by vitamin D giving sunshine we play outside in a pretty darn cool environment.

I know I am more healthy living here than up north.  I am down 26 pounds and enjoy life more than I did several years ago before moving here full time. Sure, I have more time to work out than when I worked in my “full contact no holds board global career.” I work out six to seven days a week.  Strength training, cycling, tennis a run now and then. I sure am calmer. My annual physical was the best ever. What is going on here? It is just not the climate.

According to the study and book “Blue Zones” all long lived human populations exist within 26 degrees of the equator. Great book, give it a read. Naples, Florida interesting enough is right on the edge of the magic line at 26.1500 degrees. Wear your sun screen out there and listen to you doc but maybe climate does have something to do with it.
Exercise is a big part of it for me. I had the honor of cycling with a United States Senator this winter in Naples and while the two of us were riding along (after I snuck in a few political questions and comments) he went on to talk about fitness. Somehow even with his work schedule (believe me it is tough) he manages to stay very fit. The Senator gave me the book “Younger Next Year.” Also a good read. Much Like “Blue Zones” you are going to hear a lot about diet and exercise and behavior – behaviors like belonging to a group and having a reason to get up in the morning. “Younger Next Year” is a good book I think. Consult your doctor before doing anything but see what you think.

My wife has us on an all organic and gluten free diet. I just feel a lot better eating this stuff vs. the old stuff. I think my immune system is a lot better off.  It no longer battles a bunch of foreign food substitutes.  It is freed up to work on the tough stuff.

I guess what I am saying is you might think about living in a healthier climate and add in this diet, exercise, and behavior stuff. We keep showing up in Naples News statistics in a very favorable and healthy way.

I like what I am reading and am committed to a healthy life.  Even if you do not live here try a healthy life style out anyway.

If you would you like to know more about Naples, Florida lifestyles, our festivals and some great things to do here just give us a call at 239.595.3921. If you want to rent, sell, buy or invest here one day you might download a copy of our eBook Understanding Naples Real Estate
Hope to meet and talk with you soon,

Mark Goebel PA & Nan Goebel PA
Co-Founders Naples Best Addresses Team
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Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
REALTOR Coldwell Banker 5th Avenue South
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