Ikigai

A lot of us are very busy individuals. We have work after work and don’t know when we can take a break. Well, it’s all very subjective if people really want to pressurize themselves it’s on them but they can always take an hour off daily just to maybe walk things of? The Japanese people even though are equally busy as Indians yet have a longer life expectancy and healthier lifestyle. What makes those differences?

Firstly is the feeding habits of Indians, Indians have always had a very oily and spicy diet and that is the reason for taste but is also the reason for obesity 20 years down the line. There should be a balance of food among the whole day and there should also be times of consumption of non oily healthy food. It’s also said that we should never stuff ourselves up and fill ourselves with food. There should be only a 75% of filling of the stomach. The Japanese on the other hand believe in the principle, they never eat to full themselves completely and have food which comprises of vegetables, fruits and boiled foods. They also have a series of drinks which are extremely healthy and help in their development. One such drink is green tea which is very healthy and brings about a lot of changes in an individuals health.

Second, Exercise and Movement where Japanese people have a lot of movements and exercising techniques which are followed by individuals from a very young age. Tai Chi is one of the example. Indians on the other have an extremely sedentary lifestyle. They usually sit through their whole day and do not have any movement. Exercise helps in increasing and keeping our metabolism in check. If people fail to again do so, their health falls and they face serious problems in the future.

These were some of the reasons why Japanese people have longer life expectancies than almost all the communities of the worlds. When we take the Americans as well, they have a really calories-full diet. Again US, has one of the largest percentages of obesity in the world. So every community has their flaws but it is up to them how they would want to keep themselves healthy and safe.

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