Lindsey Galloway writing for BBC Travel:
In these countries, people live substantially longer than the worldwide average of 71 years – and each place has its own reason of vitality.
- Japan – The Japanese live to 83 on average.
Much credit for this has been given to the local diet, which includes plentiful tofu and sweet potato, and a small amount of fish. Active social circles among older residents and a strong community also contribute to lower levels of stress and a strong sense of belonging.
The Mediterranean diet, rich in heart-healthy olive oil, vegetables and wine, has long contributed to Spain’s long-lived population (averaging 82.8). But Spain has another longevity secret up its sleeve: the siesta.
With broad access to the country’s state-of-the-art medical facilities and what’s been called a ‘miracle’ healthcare system, Singaporeans are living longer than ever at an average of 83.1 years old. The country has one of the lowest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and makes preventative care a focus of its healthcare.
Men fare better in Switzerland than anywhere else in the world, living to be 81 on average. As one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, access to high-quality healthcare, strong personal safety and sense of wellbeing contributes to the high rank – with some studies even pointing to the country’s high intake of cheese and dairy as a leading factor.
South Korea is set to be the first country to hit a life expectancy of 90 years according to recent research, which credits a strong and growing economy, broad access to healthcare and lower blood pressure than Western countries for its upward trajectory.
Susan Kamenar, writing in National Geographic:
There is no magical formula for hygge, it is more about the quality of time spent than where or how you spend it, so wherever you are, slow down, get cozy, and savor the moment with close family and friends.
The study found that in some coronary heart disease patients — those of normal weight — weight loss actually increased the risk for death.
Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times:
Lowering body mass index by more than 0.10 in a year was associated with a 30 percent increase in the risk for death, but only in those of normal weight at the start. Weight gain was not associated with mortality.
Compared to patients who were inactive, those who did 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week reduced their risk by 19 percent. Those who exercised more than that had a 36 percent reduction in mortality.
A published study by Curtin University in Australia has found that users of standing desk are reporting lower back and lower limb pain. The drawbacks of standing for long periods can also include swollen veins, heart problems, and a diminished mental reactiveness.
Henry Bodkin, writing for Telegraph:
Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm than good.
The devices are becoming increasingly commonplace as awareness improves regarding the dangers of sedentary living – most office workers spend more than 80 per cent of the time sitting – and they are also popular with people suffering from back pain.
But the new study, published in the journal Ergonomics, has linked prolonged use of standing desks with lower limb discomfort and deteriorating mental reactiveness.
Sitting for too long isn’t exactly good for you either. So, skip the trendy office furniture, get up out of your seat every so often, and go for a walk. Keep active.