The Healthy and Longevity Lifestyle of the Japanese – Several health studies state that the Japanese have a high life expectancy. Why is that?

Let’s find out the answer in the article this time!

Humans are endowed with longevity genes. Unfortunately, the pattern of life that is wrong to wipe it out. But in Japan there is a longevity phenomenon that can be replicated! Indonesia is ranked 110th for world life expectancy.

The presence of fast food restaurants in various locations in Indonesia, starting from the metropolitan city of Jakarta to areas in the suburbs, proves that Indonesians have become victims of the trend of western eating patterns.

Health is a priceless treasure, but often we only realize this when we are sick and have to pay a lot of money.

The Japanese nation has the healthiest population in the world. This is proven by the lower number of people with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (lung and cervical) compared to other countries in the world.

Research also reveals that the Japanese nation is also the most slender nation. Even research also shows that the Japanese have the highest life expectancy in the world, which is 82.6 years.

In the southern prefecture of Okinawa there are still many people aged 100 years or more.

Amazingly, elderly people in Japan are in very good physical condition, look younger than their actual age, have straight body postures, and skin that is still smooth and toned.

What’s his fitness secret? The cause is not just genes, but their healthy habits and traditions.

In order not to get worse with the Western diet, there’s nothing wrong with returning to a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fresh fish, low in carbohydrates and fat. We can also try Japanese tradition of living from now on.

Increase new enthusiasm to apply a new, more rational lifestyle to lose weight. Moreover, it is never too late in this life.

The old adage says “better late than never”. By adopting a good diet, the body remains healthy and fit into old age.

Japan has so many unique cultures. Not only its culture, Sakura Country is also famous for its women who are youthful and live long.

Reporting from Medical News, the obesity rate there is very low compared to other countries in the world.

Apparently, longevity, health, and a fit body, aka slim, are all the benefits they get from the customs and culture in Japan.

Here are the habits of Japanese women that keep them young and not fat.

Japanese people tend to have an ideal body weight and also a high life expectancy. This is shown by very few people who are obese or overweight in this land of the rising sun.

Not only that, the average age of Japanese people is also quite long, reaching 86 years.

If you think the Japanese go on an extreme diet to get a slim body, you are wrong! In fact, from a young age, Japanese people are always taught to adopt a healthy lifestyle and also manage their food.

Japanese Healthy Living Habits

Japanese Healthy Living Habits

Here are Japanese lifestyle habits that you can apply to get a slim and youthful body:

#1 Eat Small Portions

Maybe some of you, if given a small portion of food, will grumble and feel dissatisfied. But the habit of implementing small portions in Japan is a way for people to enjoy food wholeheartedly.

From a young age, Japanese children are taught to get used to eating various small portions. Each food will be served in separate small bowls.

This will keep them satisfied and won’t overeat. Unique isn’t it?

Have you ever seen Japanese people eating, for example in movies? They usually eat using a small bowl.

Well, that’s the small bowl that allows the Japanese to eat small portions. Humans always have a tendency to eat whatever food is provided.

Now, by using a small bowl, the Japanese can control themselves, so the intake of food that comes in can always be good for the body.

With this kind of habit, we will get used to measuring food according to our portions and needs.

A healthy diet is important. However, the portion itself is no less important! In Japan, there is a term ichiju-sansai or one soup and 3 sides that they practice at every meal.

Japanese food usually has one bowl of rice eaten with fish, chicken, meat, and side dishes such as miso soup or vegetables.

However, all of them have small portions. This keeps the portion, nutrition, and weight of each food very neatly measured.

#2 Never Skip Vegetables

This lifestyle is related to the various bowls served at meals, the bowls are dominated by many types of vegetables. In fact, the Japanese can serve four to five types of vegetables in one meal.

Almost all Japanese food menus include vegetables in it. Besides eating vegetables, the Japanese also always take time to rest, not wasting time just playing after a long day of activities.

It is this Japanese lifestyle that keeps them healthy and fit.

The way they prepare vegetables is by boiling them in a seasoned broth to keep the amount of nutrients in the vegetables to the maximum.

In addition, they also often consume it raw or served in salads.

#3 Walking is Preferable

This habit of walking is of course supported by a very conducive environment in Japan. Because, this country makes it difficult for someone who wants to have a private vehicle.

As a result, people will certainly choose to walk or use available public transportation.

This also causes pollution on the road that will not disturb pedestrians. In contrast to Indonesia, where it is very difficult to walk, because of the pollution and fumes that will disturb you when walking around the streets.

If in Indonesia many people are lazy to walk and choose to ride a motorbike or other vehicle, in Japan it is the opposite. They are used to walking from the bus stop to their home or office.

Walking, scientifically, is a good exercise for heart health and can burn a lot of fat.

This is one of the customs of the Japanese people that still exists today. Walk every time you go anywhere, whether it’s to school, office or just to the park.

Of course you already know the benefits of walking for health?

#4 Don’t Miss the Green Tea

If you are used to consuming sweet iced tea after eating, the Japanese also really like green tea as a drink after eating.

Green tea is known as an herb for health and also the secret of the Japanese in maintaining an ideal body weight.

How not, green tea is known to contain very high antioxidants and epigalocatechins, so it can help you lose weight and make people look younger.

So, have you thought about replacing your sweet iced tea with green tea?

Many countries in this world have a habit of drinking tea. However, the Japanese have green tea that is different from other countries. The habit of drinking green tea also contributes to the health of their bodies.

Green tea, writes Medical News, contains antioxidants and can improve poor digestive conditions. In fact, it can improve the work of the heart.

One of the Japanese culture that we often see is drinking tea, especially green tea. Green tea is a very good nutritional intake for the body, because green tea is known to have quite high antioxidant activity.

According to research results, catechin antioxidants and EGCG compounds in green tea can speed up the human body’s metabolism.

So that food nutrients and calories in the body can be immediately processed into the energy the body needs to carry out activities. Drinking green tea can also reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

#5 Choose Fruits as Snacks and Desserts

Compared to consuming sweet foods such as cakes, candy and other snacks, Japanese people prefer to eat fruit as a dessert or snack.

Pure sugar content contained in fruits will not make them fat easily.

Even so, that doesn’t mean Japanese people don’t eat cakes, ice cream, or other desserts. They still occasionally eat it, but in controlled portions and not excessive.

#6 Limit the Sweets

The Japanese lifestyle that keeps them healthy is that they limit sweet foods and drinks.

Japanese people only consume 48.8 grams of sugar per day and prefer fruit or green tea as a dessert so they can avoid diabetes and obesity.

#7 Consumption of Seaweed

Seaweed is a food that has high antioxidant substances.

In addition, seaweed is useful for inhibiting the absorption of fat in the body, increasing the processing of fat in the body up to 4 times, so it is suitable for those of you who want to lose weight.

# 8 Not Waiting to Be Full

The Japanese have the principle of “Hara hachi bu” which means “Eat until your stomach is 8/10 full”. Eating slowly will also make food easier to digest.

This habit makes Japanese people have an ideal and healthy body weight. Want to have ideal body weight? You have to try this lifestyle!

#9 Always Consume Fish

It’s no secret that Japanese people like to eat fish, fish does contain a lot of protein. For this reason, we also need to get used to consuming fish.

So in Japan, he said, people are used to eating tuna, mackerel, and salmon. These three types of fish are believed to contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

The Japanese consume 100 grams of fish per day. The content of omega 3 fatty acids in fish is very beneficial for brain and heart health.

#10 Eat ‘Bacteria’ and Tofu

Japanese people really like yogurt, pickles and tofu or tofu as an additional lunch menu. The good bacteria in yogurt and pickles have positive benefits for digestive health.

The content of isoflavones in tofu is very good for hormones and prevents osteoporosis when women enter menopause.

#11 Carbohydrates Don’t Just Come from Rice

The next Japanese lifestyle is to consume carbohydrates not only from rice.

Not only consuming rice, the Japanese also have many other carbohydrate sources such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, udon (rice noodles), soba (wheat flour noodles) and cereals.

Unlike in Indonesia, in Japan the consumption of carbohydrates is very varied. The Japanese don’t eat rice 3 times a day, but they have their own way.

Most Japanese people have quite a lot of carbohydrate choices besides rice, including udon (rice noodles), soba (buckle wheat noodles), and cereals.

This helps them so that the levels of carbohydrates in their body are not excessive. So, let’s try something like this to live a healthy life.

#12 Processing Food for a Moment

Processing food in a short time can maintain the nutrients contained in the cooking ingredients so they are not lost and minimize the formation of free radicals from the cooking process. This keeps the food quality well maintained.

#13 Fermented Foods

Besides having a culture of drinking tea, food in Japan is also very healthy. One of them, fermented food called nato. This typical food contains good bacteria for digestion.

It can even increase the amount of vitamins A and C which make food easier to digest.

#14 Likes to Eat Vegetables

Vegetables are one of the most healthy foods for our body. So the Japanese like to eat vegetables. For that, if we want to be healthy, eating enough vegetables is good for the body.

Japanese people really like vegetables, and they often make vegetables as a composition for the diet.

# 15 Managing food in a simple way

In Japan, most people manage food simply by boiling, grilling, or lightly stir-frying.

With this method of cooking, the food will not go through a long cooking process so that the damage that occurs and the free radicals that are formed from each cooking process will be minimal.

And this keeps the quality of the food well maintained. By consuming food that is of good quality, hopefully our bodies will stay healthy and rarely get sick.

#16 The Japanese Love Exercising

In Japan people really like to exercise, the exercise doesn’t have to be grandiose, but quite simple. For example, on foot.

By keeping exercise patterns light but routine every day, this is also one of the factors why Japanese people have a long life.

#17 Chewing Food Slowly

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but based on one source I read on the internet, Japanese people are used to eating slowly.

Japanese cuisine is usually packaged beautifully, so when eating people can enjoy the culinary beauty, and the eating process can run more relaxed and slowly.

Several studies also prove that food that is chewed slowly and ideally is also good for our digestive health. Ideally a person chews food up to 32 times.


That was the Japanese lifestyle that keeps them healthy and fit. Apart from having a healthy body, it is also important to have healthy money habits.

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