In this second post of our series, Uncovering the Japanese Secret khổng lồ Long Life, you’ll learn how a few simple habits keep Japanese people healthy và active despite a busy schedule.

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Everyday activity


You won’t see the majority of Japanese people sweating it out in the thể hình or jogging on Saturday mornings. Yet they’re still an amazingly active group.

Why? Because physical activity is a part of their daily life.

From a small age, kids walk khổng lồ school, bike to friends’ houses, & climb up và down hills as they navigate their city.

An adult’s commute may include a bicycle, a walk khổng lồ the bus stop, or a trek up & down the stairs of a train station or two. Either way, people get moving.

Kids are encouraged lớn take part in an extracurricular club through their high school. As such, many kids play sports several nights a week as part of these clubs.

The Japanese have a tradition khổng lồ get ready for sports or exercise, or just lớn get the blood pumping in the morning. It’s called rajio taisō or Radio Calisthenics: a stretching exercise timed khổng lồ music that’s played on the radio every morning. Radio Calisthenics are popular with all ages, và many Japanese seniors will gather in the park to vì chưng the exercise together in the morning.

But there’s another cultural tradition that’s very effective at keeping Japanese people healthy.

Warming the body


Japanese people are very in tune with their toàn thân temperature.

Older Japanese people will remind you khổng lồ keep your stomach warm khổng lồ stay healthy. Many attribute digestive problems khổng lồ stomachs that got too cold.

Because of this, the Japanese have a couple of habits that allow them to maintain the ideal toàn thân temperature.

First, for most Japanese, bath time comes before bed. After washing off, many Japanese people will soak in hot water for several minutes. This way, their toàn thân won’t be too cold when they get under the covers.

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The preference for warmth is even more evident in Japan’s hot spring culture.

Hot springs are both a national pastime & a travel destination. Women with small children & elderly people alike regularly soak in the mineral-rich waters khổng lồ improve their health.

Soaking in baths like these is said to lớn improve circulation, reduce stress, relieve pain, & help you sleep better. No wonder the Japanese are so healthy!

Another way lớn stay healthy is getting rid of germs, something the Japanese bởi exceptionally well.

Staying sanitary


Visitors to nhật bản are often struck by its cleanliness & orderliness. Indeed, it’s rude lớn litter or make public areas dirty, và most Japanese people take this very seriously.

Train staff constantly clean bathrooms và de-sanitize escalators, stairways, và train interiors for passengers. You’ll see cửa hàng owners sweeping the sidewalk outside of their door và picking up the occasional piece of trash.

These rituals keep germs at bay, even in places that see thousands of people every day. And less germs mean a healthier population.

To further reduce germs, people with colds and fevers wear face masks in public. This prevents the spreading of sickness và disease, especially in crowded cities like Tokyo.

Masks like these are available in stores all across Japan, and you’ll see them everywhere during the cold và flu season.

Staying active in old age


The healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop when Japanese reach old age.

Seniors in japan love lớn be active. You’ll often see older people with canes climbing onto the bus or hiking nature trails—they refuse to let their age hold them back!

Older people enjoy playing low-intensity sports together & visiting hot springs, too.

And since working hard is considered a virtue in Japan, many older people lượt thích to continue working or volunteering as long as they are able. This keeps their toàn thân and mind sharper for longer.

Seniors in nhật bản also enjoy puzzles and games that exercise their minds & prevent dementia.

Were you inspired by any of these healthy habits? Which one would you lượt thích to try?