adopt some aspects of the Japanese way of life could help you live a long and healthy life. After all, the country has the highest life expectancy.
It is true that in this respect Spain follows closely, ranked third after Switzerland, according to 2016 OECD data. According to these, being born in Japan gives many ballots for enjoy a long life with an average life expectancy, it reaches 84.10 years —Spain is at 83.40 years—.
But there is definitely something going on in the Land of the Rising Sun which has seen some of the world’s oldest people born.
and not only It is due to food, although it plays a fundamental role. Factors such as an efficient healthcare system and special care for the elderly also enter into the equation. However, it cannot be denied that certain characteristic features of the Japanese country lifestyle promote health.
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Here is some habits you can adopt from Japanese culture what can they give you a longer life with fewer chronic diseases.
They follow a diet low in saturated fats and sugars with which they fight obesity
There is an island in Japan where 68 out of 100,000 inhabitants are over 100 years old and where gastronomy is of vital importance. It is okinawan diet, which premium plants and herbs of traditional medicine such as turmeric, and gives a leading role for foods of plant origin. On the other hand, ultra-processed foods, refined sugars or trans fats have no place there.
Therefore, it is considered one of the most interesting in the world to prevent diseases. It is characterized by being low calorie and low fatsomething that also defines the general Japanese diet populated by fish, whole grains, soy, tofu, seaweed and vegetables.
This makes them able to maintain adequate weight. only the 3.6% of Japanese are obese. While in Spain this rate reaches 16.5% of men and 15.5% of women over 18 years of age.
Drinking tea is part of their tradition
The japanese tea ceremonya ritual in the making of green tea or matcha, is one of the most popular elements of traditional Japanese culture.
The ancient drink is rich in antioxidants which boost the immune system, help your memory, bones and improve heart health among its benefits. Which can allow you to live longer without chronic diseases.
Contact with nature helps them balance the stress of overwork
Karoshi, is the Japanese term for death from overwork. The nation is characterized by one of the most frenetic work rhythms. Which, of course, won’t do much for your health.
However, they balance it with a greater relationship with nature. who matters positive effects on well-being.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city and going to a natural environment reduces factors linked to mental illness, such as repetitive thoughts about negative aspects, and improves affective and cognitive processes.
According to research from Stanford University (USA), a 50-minute walk in a natural environment minimizes anxiety and improves working memory performance.
As various studies show, the Shinrin yōkuThat is “bath in the forest”it’s a popular practice in Japan that promotes health and reduce stress. It’s about going to these natural environments and spending time sitting, lying down or walking in the forest.
They walk a lot
In Japan, where working out is not part of the way of life, They manage to keep fit by walking daily.
The Japanese adults walk an average of 6,500 steps per daymen between the ages of 20 and 50 take an average of 8,000 steps per day and women about 7,000. Exactly the threshold of progression that confers health and weight benefits, according to recent research.
They leave the chairs and turn to the floor
The Japanese have a closer relationship with the soil than the Europeans. Use this instead of chairs or armchairs. It may seem awkward at first, but it is great practice for longevity.
In fact, on the island of Okinawa, one of the oldest regions in the world, it is common for women to sit for long hours on the floor. “I spent two days with a 103-year-old woman and saw her get up and off the floor about 30 or 40 times so it’s like 30 or 40 squats daily,” says Dan Buettner, founder of Blue Zones.
Precisely the exercise of sitting down and getting up from the floor without support It is a test that has been used since the 1990s to predict a person’s risk of death. Well, it lets you assess factors like muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and body composition (weight) simultaneously. the keys of healthy aging.