posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 08:10 AM
Japanese people tend to be more active, and a bit more conscious about keeping fit.
That's it, really. The Japanese diet isn't all that healthy to be honest - a lot of deep fried foods, a lot of high sodium foods, and a lot of
alcohol afterwards. Japanese people are also far more likely to be smokers than in most western countries.
But it balances out. My company has a baseball team (not mandatory or anything), and in the summer we practice a couple of mornings a week, and play
against a couple of other companies in town on weekends (then we all get ratted on beer and sake and eat bbq, which makes it worth it.). Just about
everyone I know - friends, colleagues, nodding acquaintances - do some kind of sporting activity in their spare time. I know about a dozen seniors who
climb mountains for fun, and about the same number of 20-something girls who wear the latest fashion monday to friday and take their manicured nails
out fly fishing on the weekends.
People do things. They join clubs, they join teams, they buy books on new hobbies and seek out people to do those new hobbies with. They tend to
strive to keep learning, and keep doing things, and they seem to do more of it as they get older and get the time and the money. Keep the brain active
and keep the body active and guess what? You're going to live a longer, happier life.