How do people keep healthy in Japan?
Updated: Jun 6
The disadvantage of old age is that our body is slowly losing its ability to protect itself thus, making it very vulnerable to external diseases. As our immune system slowly depreciate, everything that we do in our body while we were young will crept and reward us the results.
The point is if we live a healthy life while we are young, it could bring us a great advantage as we get older.
In a certain article, it was said that Japan is one of the many countries where people live longer lives. You probably heard of that before. You can see people arriving at the age of a hundred but still have the ability to walk in the park or even talk about their youthful days. When asked what is the secret, the answer has always been the same and for everyone: "improve your diet and stay active".
Let us break that one into two pieces. First, yes we obviously need to be mindful of what we are eating. Some unhealthy food can take effect immediately but most affect us in the long run. Even our mothers plead with us to eat vegetables as a kid because as early as possible, we need to build good nutrients in our bodies. Eating a poor quality diet high in junk food is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease, and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. The second is staying active. if you think to be lazy will give you more rest, well you're wrong. Being lazy can kill you: Physical inactivity responsible for 5 million deaths every year. This is because being sedentary will deprive us of the muscle strengthening and the energy that we need to be more productive for the whole day. It is not bad to rest. But of course, everything should be in balance to achieve more in life.
Just to add one more, if you really want to live a longer life, then STOP smoking. Cigarette smoking causes premature death: Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%. This is just a piece of advice, we understand that it is hard to break a habit, but if you want to treasure your life, it is up for you to decide.
All of this is a matter of choice and motivation. What keeps you going? What are your goals? This will define the choices you make so you better have a worthwhile goal to be able to choose effectively.