To enjoy a healthy life, you must reside in a place where people tend to live happier and longer than most.
Based on studies, there are factors other than genetics that play a more crucial role when it comes to achieving longevity. These include maintaining low stress levels, having a positive outlook in life, eating a healthy diet, staying active, and living with a purpose.
For these reasons, it’s important that you find a place to live that would enable you to lead this kind of lifestyle.
However, seeking out the best places to live takes time and meticulous research. To help narrow down your options, here are some of the world’s healthiest countries to live in, which you can consider for your international relocation in search of a long, happy and meaningful life.
According to the IHME or Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Spain will have the highest life span by 2040. This is because its residents are inclined to follow a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. Spain also has a successful universal healthcare program. Moreover, residents tend to walk much more than other people in other countries.
In a report published by Money.co.uk about the world’s healthiest countries, Spain also ranks number one. A Mediterranean lifestyle adheres to sociable meal times, promoting healthier mental well-being and a lower risk of obesity. Spending quality time with your loved ones can boost
your mood and increase your overall health.
Italy has one of the world’s highest life expectancies. Like Spain, this can be attributed to the Mediterranean diet.
Family and food are big deals in this country. Italians spend hours preparing meals and lingering around the dining table. They eat family-style, meaning everyone gets to enjoy everything instead of just eating one large dish. Their adherence to a diet low in sugar and processed ingredients contributes significantly to low obesity rates. They also enjoy coffee as espresso (no sugar and fat).
Productivity benefits from taking frequent breaks for drinking espresso and socialisation — and apparently, so does your overall health and well-being.
Japan has a high life expectancy, which is probably because the Japanese show huge respect for their food. Rather than depend on fast food, the people of Japan allot a substantial amount of time preparing, cooking, and eating their food. They also follow a traditional diet rich in fish and soy, which helps lower the risk of obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, they prefer to walk — an activity that helps keep them healthy and fit even without going to a gym.
Perhaps if you adopt these healthy Japanese habits, you too could live more than 100 years like Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest living person at the age of 118 years.
Switzerland is one of the high-ranking countries in WHO’s world health statistics report. The country’s mix of cultures, natural beauty, financial stability, and ease of living create an inherently healthy lifestyle. The Swiss are also laid-back, preferring healthy meals over fast food and pleasantry over passive-aggressiveness.
Zurich is one of the healthiest places to live in. The city also has a high life expectancy, which could be a result of their commitment to promote healthier alternatives and minimise pollution from transport. And because of its good education, most residents can live sustainably without the need for crime.
Finland clinched the title as the world’s happiest country in 2020.
The Nordic country boasts a culture where equality comes first before the gross domestic product. It has free healthcare, a strong social safety net, and superb work-life balance. That is why Finns help one another. According to the World Economic Forum, about half of the country’s population donates to good causes regularly, and a third volunteers for charity every month.
Helsinki also offers the cleanest air in the world, thanks to the city’s commitment to reducing air pollution and protecting the environment. By 2035, the city has pledged to become carbon neutral. And to achieve this goal, they have invested in renewable energy sources and designated forest reserves. They also encourage the use of electric vehicles to cut down their carbon footprint and reduce air pollution.
If you want to live in Australia, you will most probably be on or near the coast. Having one of the world’s longest coastlines, the country offers many beaches available for walking. The Aussie lifestyle also focuses on the outdoors. For targeted wellness, gyms are also affordable.
The easy access to healthy and fresh food, sunny dispositions, a thirst for adventure, and universal healthcare make Australia one of the healthiest places to live in.
Leading a healthy life has become more critical than ever. A huge contributing factor is your choice of location to live in. And if you want to move this 2021 or anytime in the future, consider relocating to any of these healthy places for living and working. To ensure a hassle-free move, start packing your wheeled garment bag, read destination guides, and don’t hesitate to hire reputable international movers and packers.
Praful Gupta is the Business Head for Asset Mobility at Writer Relocations, India’s premier mobility services company that handles all types of moves: International & Domestic Relocations, Office Relocations, Commercial Move Management Services, Hospitality Logistics, Fine Arts Logistics, Orientation Services, and Storage Solutions. Headquartered in Mumbai, Writer Relocations has presence in 7 countries and operates in more than 190 countries.