5 Secrets Behind Japan’s Longevity

    There is no secret sorcery or a hidden recipe behind the longevity of Japan citizens. Unlike the rest of the world, the lifestyle of Japanese is simple! Probably it is one of the few nations who has found the perfect balance between the traditional and contemporary lifestyles. The Japanese live longer than the rest of the world and their typical ways to achieve longevity could be followed by anyone.

    In addition, these people who live in the land of the rising sun, follow their ancient traditions in every aspect of life. They are workaholic, exercise daily to balance and have mastered the art of maintaining the perfect balance , thanks to their nature of timeliness. On top of everything, they eat healthy!

    Here are 5 reason how Japanese are outliving than the rest of the world. Follow these tips to live a longer and healthier life.

    Increased Vegetable Intake


    The traditional Japanese cuisine is full of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, soup and rice. Just like few of the Asian countries, Japanese too love to eat rice but they ensure that the vegetable intake is at healthy levels. In addition, the traditional Japanese noodles that are made of buckwheat and the soups increase the nutritional values. The dishes contain various vegetables such as kabocha squash, mooli, Japanese mountain yam, perilla, bamboo shoots, wasabi and welsh onion etc that represent the whole pack of essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    Increased intake of vegetables and fruits reduce the risk of getting chronic health issues by neutralizing the free radicals. The healthy nutrients provided by the vegetables and fruits maintain the body in a good condition and regulates the metabolism rate at optimum levels.

    Regular Health Checkups

    Records show that in Japan a person meets the doctor for health checkup 12 times a year, almost double the times than the rest of the countries. Japan follows a unique medical care system that encourages preventive medical care.

    Ensure you undergo the medical checkups at regular intervals as it gives you an opportunity to cure the disease completely when it is in the early stages.

    Physical Activity is Part of Japanese Lifestyle


    Imagine a whole nation that involve in some kind of physical activity everyday while commuting to the workplace in the public transport. Japanese prefer the train and buses to commute from home to office. They walk to the train station or bust stop, stand till the train or bus arrives, stand during the journey, get down at the destination and walk to the workplace. The other way of commuting to office in Japan is the bicycles – another good exercise for the overall body.

    Physical activity is part of almost every citizen’s life in Japan and commuting in a car is considered as a luxury. Involve in some kind of physical activity on a regular basis.

    Cleanliness of Surroundings and the Freshness Food

    Japan has comparatively the lowest pollution index (36.8) than the rest of the countries in the world. The purity of water and air, and the cleanliness of the surroundings in Japan are the key contributors in the longevity of its citizens. In addition, as it is a small country, the transportation of the fresh vegetables and fruits will not take much time and the freshness of the sustain till they go inside the mouths.

    Keep your surroundings clean and stick to a lifestyle that is active. And, consume the vegetables and fruits in their freshest form.

    Quality Time with Family and Friends


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    People in Japan observe the traditional festivals and the rituals with family and friends. Unlike most of the countries, Japanese meet their guests in the restaurants rather than inviting them to their houses. They maintain the perfect work-life balance and spend quality time with their family and friends.

    The life in Japan is organized and almost everything runs on-time. This gives the family members to plan their days and weekends in advance. Make sure you are spending quality time with your family.

    A healthy diet, exercise on a daily basis and medical checkups at regular intervals are all that it takes to live a healthy life. This is what the Japanese’ regime for longevity and the very reason why this particular country is topping the chart of highest longevity in the world. With a little effort that is consistent, you too could follow the ‘Japanese Way’ and get ‘the gift of a healthier and longer life’.

    Thilak is the in-house content writer of Healthabove60, the Preferred Geriatric Home Healthcare service provider in Chennai. He mostly writes about health and elderly wellbeing.

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