Over the past few decades, the determining factors in choosing a travel destination or a country to live in have changed dramatically.
If before it was the climate, the attractions or the good food that dominated the scenario, now people are taking more and more into consideration other aspects. Among these there is certainly the possibility of leading a healthy life, It is therefore not surprising that countries that offer opportunities to exercise, conduct healthy and diets natural spaces open to the public are climbing the charts. I have selected some 4, each able to stand out on the "competition" for unique factors.
Italy may well be known for its pizza, pasta and ice cream, but few perhaps imagine that the country has one of the lowest obesity rates in Europe. One of the reasons is the so-called Mediterranean diet. Studies have shown that it has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of many serious diseases. On the other hand, nowadays, one cannot ignore a healthy diet, a habit that has now become a necessity. for professional athletes ma even for the many champions of the game world.
What many do not know, however, is that adopting a Mediterranean diet does not mean eating a carbonara every day and it is not just about what you eat. In addition to following a mainly plant-based diet, rich in healthy fats like olive oil, the Mediterranean diet influences like let's have lunch. It means making meals at home a social and shared experience, in full Italian style, and when possible, using local and seasonal ingredients. But it also means indulging in a glass of red wine or a slice of homemade tiramisu to brighten your days.
During the Icelandic winter the light is a kind of mirage, but the inhabitants of this country manage to use it to their advantage, exercising more than any other European, often going to the gym to avoid the cold and making the most of the few hours of summer by being outdoors as much as possible.
However, it is not only exercise that plays an important role in Icelanders' lifestyle but there are other factors that contribute as well. Primarily, due to a population of only 340.000, Iceland has one of the lowest pollution rates in the world. In addition, Icelanders conduct a diet rich in fish, fermented products and skyr, a dairy product similar to yogurt low in fat and rich in protein and calcium.
Among other things, precisely the size of the Icelandic population manages to create unique social bonds. Communities are united and collaborate the founding principle of their culture. Not surprisingly, Iceland was classified the best country in the world for gender equality for seven consecutive years.
In Australia, there is much more to the health and well-being than avocado toast. With the sun practically all year round, the many fresh products and the almost unlimited open spaces, it's easy to understand why Australians are leaders in the global wellness industry.
Spending a lot of time outdoors, cooking healthy, home-cooked meals, and exercising regularly are all building blocks for a healthy lifestyle. And they are all easily found in Australia.
As for physical exercise, he was born in Sydney a special circuit that includes 45 minutes of non-stop exercises, called F45. His national fame (and beyond) is nothing more than further proof of how Australians take physical well-being into consideration.
Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. In part, this is due to the fish-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the risk of death from heart disease.
Diet isn't the only factor contributing to Japan's long life expectancy, however. Centennial traditions such as karaoke, forest baths and baths in onsens I'm able to improve heart health, increase brain function and reduce blood pressure.
Of course, few of us have access to a real one onsen Japanese, but it is forest bathing, or the art of bathing in the forests is available to everyone, in our small way. Just find a natural area (a park or even a garden) and take your time appreciating the peace and beauty of nature all around.