Healthy Habits Around the World

According to Worldometer, the life expectancy in Japan is 85 years, Italy is 84 years, France is 83 years, and Greece is 82 years. Life expectancy in the United States is 78 years; however, states have different numbers. For instance, life expectancy in Hawaii is 82 years and in West Virginia it is 74 years. Cities also vary. I was surprised to see that Chicago has a life expectancy of 79 years.

There are several things that determine life expectancy including health, lifestyle, and environment. There are no guarantees; however, we can do our best to live a healthy life. Most of us know the basics for living healthy which include eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting our rest, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, etc.

We could also look at healthy habits in other countries and incorporate them in our lives. For example, in Japan they eat small portions loaded with vegetables. In Greece people consume fruits, veggies, grains, and legumes with a minimal amount of meat and dairy. In India they like to add spices like turmeric and ginger to their food. Different types of spices provide natural health benefits and give food more flavor. In Italy they consume plant foods and olive oil. They also drink wine in moderation which can be considered healthy.

In the Netherlands they ride their bikes for transportation. In Thailand they get regular massages. In Iceland they love to swim. In China they practice Tai Chi which helps with stress and improves muscle strength and flexibility. The workday in Sweden averages six hours.

Countries with the lowest overall obesity rates include Japan (3 percent), Korea (4 percent), Switzerland (8 percent), Italy, Norway, and Sweden (10 percent). The obesity rate in the United States is 42% for adults. Notice that countries with the lowest obesity rate also have the highest life expectancy.

Do not place yourself in a box when it comes to living healthy. Be willing to try different things. If implementing healthy habits from other countries works for you, do it.

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