Thereason behind Japan having the second-largest life expectancy is the healthiest lifestyle. You won’t find them knocking the doors of the gym for leading a healthy life. Japanese does not have a rich athletic culture, they prefer remaining stuck to their ancient medical systems that choose their recovery through a healthy lifestyle, use of herbs and other prevention practices.
|| Anmol Madan
Eating habits have been assigned a significant role in the process of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Japanese are inculcated with the habit of consuming naturally grown local foods. This reduces the risk of getting prone to any kind of bacterial disease that occurs due to unhygienic foods.
They choose small platters to consume a smaller portion of the food. Choosing rice over wheat channelizes them to choose a healthier diet as it lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
They pass on their healthy habits to their children by teaching them“Not to gobble everything you get”. They snack cautiously and ask their kids to do the same. They diligently deal with their calorie intake amounts. They mind counting calories per bite.
What does workout mean to them?
Japanese are not a big fan of hardcore workout. They won’t be going to the gym or running in the entire city in the name of the workout. They rather include regular walk in their daily routine. The number of average steps a Japanese adult walks in a day is 6500. They consider walking as the best exercise.
They prefer living in cities that own safe and convenient public transport. They prefer the areas that have enough walkable space and they don’t use cars while going to work or shopping.
The secret of living a long and happy life- Ikigai
Have you ever questioned yourself- “what is your reason to live”?
Japan gave birth to this concept called “ikigai”. Ikigai is not blessed with a defined and precise meaning. It consists of four elements:
- What do you love?
- What are you good at?
- What does the world need?
- What you can get paid for?
Finding an answer or a balance in these four areas can help you in seeking your reason to live: Ikigai. It is neither too difficult nor too easy to find the purpose behind your living.
The book “ikigai” bash you with ten rules that can help you in seeking your ikigai.
- Stay active and don’t retire
- Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life
- Only eat until you are 80 per cent full
- Surround yourself with good friends
- Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise
- Smile and acknowledge people around
- Reconnect with nature
- Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive
- Follow your ikigai
Following these rules is going to give your ikigai. It can help you in leading a gratified, contended and happier life. It can add a sense of excitement and complacency in your life. You will exuberantly get out of your bed for a reason.
A healthy lifestyle is a secret to a longer and a happier life. Japanese proudly possess a healthy lifestyle and most of them have got their ikigai.